How to share a HFS+ formated drive in XP or freenas

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  1. cdembek macrumors regular

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    Recently I made the switch to a MBP and wanted to add a HFS+ formated drive to my NAS "ethernet connection" (desktop PC converted to NAS device running XP).

    From my searches I was pointed to Macdrive 7 and successfully formated my new drive to HFS+, however I can't figure out how to share the drive on my network.

    I have also tried using freenas to share the drive, but can't figure out how to share the HFS+ formated drive.

    I am sure that many folks have been down this road and I hope someone can share their success.
     
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    I would recommend not using HFS+ with that configuration.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Doesn't the NAS software share the drive out to the network as a SMB share or something similar? IIAR, In which case the formatting of the physical drive would be immaterial -- networked machines never interact directly with the disk format.
     
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    Exactly, which is why I'd suggest a file format more native to the setup/recommended.
     
  5. cdembek thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well if I use FAT32 I am limited to 4gig file sizes and file name length constraints.

    I was hoping that freenas would allow me to share the hfs+ formated drive, however can get the software to mount the drive. I was hoping that I would find someone here that has had success with freenas and mounting a hfs+ formated drive.
     
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    You aren't limited to FAT32 and HFS+. There are other file systems out there.
     
  7. cdembek thread starter macrumors regular

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    what format would you suggest?

    I saw in another post someone suggested ext3, but I don't know much about that format.
     
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    The drive is connected to the mac via a network, right?
     
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Sigh. See post 3

    You're using a PC with Windows, not a Mac. The PC talks to the drive hardware. the NAS software then shares that to the network.

    The Mac will see a network share as a SMB share - it doesn't know or care what the formatting of the physical drive is.
     
  14. cdembek thread starter macrumors regular

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    ended up using partition magic and formated ext3

    the FreeNas software doesn't allow you to mount HFS+ for some reason
     
  15. gamer.pro.2000 macrumors newbie

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    You can't use HFS+ to mount partitions in FreeNAS. You have to format your drives in the UFS (Universal File System). Then you can share the drives and use them for Time Machine, File Sharing, Etc. Just move the data to someplace else, wipe the drive and format it to UFS and move the data back. Then you're set. FreeNAS even does Bonjour.
     

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