new to mac file systems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tast01, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. tast01 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    I plan on switching to Mac and I have a few questions about the file systems it uses.

    1. I have a portable USB harddrive that is formatted to NFTS, is it possible for me to read/write on that same drive between my Windows and Mac machine flawlessly? Or do I have to reformat the portable drive to FAT32(is that compatible with OSX?) I guess im trying to look for a format I can use between Mac and Windows

    2. How will a Mac machine work on a Windows network?

  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    1) Use FAT32 if you want it to work natively.

    2) It will be just like any other system. OSX can see all shares, and you can turn on Windows sharing, and it will look like another Windows machine on the network.

  3. John Pryor macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    first NFTS can be read by Mac but you will need to format it to FAT32 to write to it. I just used an external drive formated to FAT32 to move files from my PC to my wife's new Mac mini and back so I know it works:)

    As for a Mac on a window network it was easier to get my wife's Mac hooked up to it than it was to connect my PC:confused:
  4. tast01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Thanks, great help! I guess im stuck with the 4gb rule :(
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY

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