External HDD FAT system?

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  1. amitabhbansal macrumors 6502

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    i am using intel based Macbook Pro 17", and a sony vaio (Windows 7) based laptop, I have a external HDD to take the backup of my work from both notebooks, but i am facing a problem, My HDD is on NTFS and it works great on my windows laptop, i can transfer 4gb and more then 4gb files also in it, but whenever i connect it to macbook, it just read the files, i can't transfer big files or cannot delete it from the HDD, my macbook is LION installed,
    I don't know what to do, I want to do all of my work on macbook, right now i work on macbook then transfer them to sony vaio by ethernet cable then transfer them to HDD.
    Please help me
    Thanks
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You need a third-party NTFS driver for your MacBook. NTFS-3G is free. Paragon NTFS and Tuxera NTFS are not.
     
  3. blueroom macrumors 603

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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't have to reformat the drive. You can read/write NTFS from your Mac. Read below.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! backups of Mac internal hard drive.
      [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
      [*]To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     

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