External NTFS hard disk with a mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dude3d30, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. dude3d30 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2007
    Hi, Im new here and I'm new to mac as well. I just bought a MBP. I tried to plug my external NTFS formatted hard disk into my mac. It shows only some of the folders in the hard disk but not all. It doesn't show like avi files and stuff. Does anyone know why its like this?

    Btw, a mac extended journaled formatted hard disk cant be regconized in windows?
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Its hard to say why some files do not show up in NTFS. My experience is that I can read-only NTFS but cannot write. Perhaps this is one of those ghosts in the machine things (and it may work occasionally). Again, OS X only has partial NTFS support (don't ask what that means).

    And Mac Extended won't be seen in Windows as far as I know.
  3. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    It has full read support and no write support. That's all it means. OS X does not read files encrypted by Windows, and it will respect (more or less) Windows ACLs, so if security settings in Windows made particular folders/files viewable only to certain users (or only to local machine accounts), that's why they won't show up on the Mac. There are also sometimes quirks with the "hidden" and "system" checkboxes.

    HFS volumes will show up in Disk Management, but will not appear in Windows Explorer and cannot be mounted by Windows at all without additional software.

    MacFuse allows NTFS write support, but it's not perfect.
  4. dude3d30 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2007

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