Mac and NTFS

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BoulderBum, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

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    I'm considering getting my first Mac, and am in the stages of doing research.

    So far, I've discovered a few wrinkles, one being NTFS file support. Has anyone used the NTFS drivers for Mac and, if so, what do you think?
     
  2. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    The MacFuse/NTFS-3G solution works just fine.

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  3. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    I have used both the free Macfuse+NTFS-3G and the not free paragon NTFS software.
    They are pretty much the same, I find the macfuse one a little slower though......
    But they are both much much slower than native ntfs in windows.
     
  4. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OSX will read NTFS-formatted volumes fine, just so you know. For full read/write support, you will need to get some sort of 3rd party utility.

    As others have mentioned, you have a few options. I personally use Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X. The $40 cost is easy to justify if you are going to be working with Windows drives more than a few times, or of course if you have a general disregard for copyright law :D

    At least OS X will let you read the drives out of the box, which is MUCH better than Windows' way of dealing with HFS+: simply denying that the disk even exists :rolleyes:
     
  5. BoulderBum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, guys!

    I just discovered that NTFS shouldn't matter over a network because of SAMBA, is that correct?
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Yes. Only the system directly accessing the disk needs NTFS support. The network provides a translation.
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    SMB is teh way to go, mac supports it natively with no extra additional software installed..

    MacFuse + NTFS-3G for direct support.
     
  8. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    Correct. All you will have to do is Go/Connect to Server then enter the network location/name. Pretty simple, and you don't need NTFS support for it.

    Certainly a nice thing to have though, god forbid all the OS's would just play nice :p
     
  9. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Don't you just hate it when people don't supply all the pertinent information?

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  10. BoulderBum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I actually didn't know it was pertinent until my last post. :)
     

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