How can I write to NTFS external drive with MacFuse?

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  1. techmonkey macrumors 6502a

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    I installed MacFuse from Google Code site, restarted my system, but I still cant write to my External NTFS drive.

    Am I missing something?
     
  2. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    There is a plugin somewhere online that allows that.

    I think it's by a company called Paragon. Google that and see what you can find.
     
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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  4. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea, thats pay software. Supposedly the MacFuse is free.

    Anyone get it to work?
     
  5. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Assuming you have leopard

    http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
    http://www.ntfs-3g.org/
    I went to these two sites to get my mac to read/write an external NTFS drive. However, my mac crashed after I had forgotten to eject the external before shutting down/restarting. I decided to reformat the drive as FAT 32.
    I imagine there's probably some other bugs, but this is the best freeware solution out there (possibly the only solution?).

    Hope this helps,
    Esther
     
  6. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, thats what i needed, NTFS-3g. Works now. Thanks.
     
  7. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    I did mention that first...
     
  8. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

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    You can reformat external drives to FAT32 under OS X? If you're drive is >30Gb I'm mega confused because that's supposedly impossible :confused:

    I've got two external 250Gb drives I'm currently using for Windows which I want to use for OS X in the future, so obviously I can't reformat the entire thing to FAT32, and using HFS+ would mean that a Windows Installation under Bootcamp wouldn't even see it, so I guess NTFS-3G provides quite a good go-between solution?
     
  9. millar876 macrumors 6502a

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    The size limit is a windows invention not a limitation of the file structure. A FAT32 drive can be any size as long as its not formatted by windows XP or vista. In fact most external drives come ore formatted as FAT32, or HFS+ I have not came accross any that are preformatted as NTFS yet
     
  10. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

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    Oh I see, I wasn't aware it was purely a Windows limitation? So I can just reformat both drives under OS X to FAT32 to their full size? You raise a good point, I think both drives did come as FAT32 now that I think about it.. d'oh.
     
  11. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do you format as FAT32 in OSX? In Disk Utility, I only see MS-DOS (FAT) as the only Windows option.\



    Missed your comment since I replied at the same time as you. Thanks :)
     
  12. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Sorry my reply took so long . . .
    Even though it simply calls it FAT, when I look under Get Info, it's FAT 32. Someone with more technical knowledge can explain why Apple doesn't offer both FAT 16 and 32.
    FYI, The external disk that I have formatted is 100GB.

    Esther
     

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