Hard Drive Question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mateo305ci, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. mateo305ci macrumors newbie

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    Good afternoon all,

    I am relatively new to MACs, I just bought a MacBook Pro a few weeks ago. I am running Boot Camp with XP Pro installed, and am having trouble with my external hard drive's configuration.

    This is a 250 GB SeaGate hard drive. It will be serving several purposes:

    1. It will be used by both my MAC OS and by XP
    2. It will be used by my friends who all have Windows.

    How can I ensure that the drive will be recognized by everyone without having MacDrive installed on every one of my friends' computers?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

    Neil321

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    You could install macfuse & NTFS-3G on your Mac and format it NTFS or your best best would be to format it FAT32 that way everyone would have read/write access to it without having to install anything ( one downside old file system with 4GB file transfer limitations )
     
  3. mateo305ci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Any downsides to MacFuse...as far as performance/slowing down my Mac?

    I am always somewhat skeptical of free programs.
     
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Nope not that I'm aware of, if your looking for a paid solution to NTFS read/write support look into paragon ( i have this installed and performance wise it works great )
     
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    x2. Macfuse is pretty awesome.
     

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