NTFS file format

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  1. rgarjr macrumors 603

    rgarjr

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    I've been reading on several threads that with the NTFS format, the Macs can only read it, however I two NTFS hard drives on my PC and they are shared.

    On my MB, I can read and write files no problem.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Then you have NTFS-3G and MacFUSE installed, or the drives aren't NTFS.
     
  3. rgarjr thread starter macrumors 603

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    I dont have any macfuse or any type of software installed on my MB. I'm pretty sure they are NTFS because that's what it says on the properties.

    I'm able to read/write .jpeg and .mov file if that makes a difference.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Thats because the disks are mounted on a PC and shared across the network (via SMB). Had you mounted the disks directly on the Mac, it could not write to them.
     
  5. rgarjr thread starter macrumors 603

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    oh okay so if i were to physically connect those NTFS hard drives via SATA on the mac, that's when it won't write to it.

    In that case I'm just gonna format my new external hard drive (USB) to NTFS once I get it.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Via SATA or USB or Firewire. No directly connected NTFS disk can be written to by OSX (without MacFuse/NTFS-3g/Paragon). Its becuase the PC is serving the shared disk that you are able to write to it.
     

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