OS X/Windows and sharing a ext. Hard drive: HOW?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by erkanasu, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    On my macbook pro, I have a windows partition and os X partition. In addition, I have a external hard drive( which was stolen oujt of my windows machine) and is running via firewire. I have yet to format the drive, and all my old files are still on there from the windows machine( so its still in NTSF format).

    To make things more complicated, this is what I want to do. I want to have a windows related partion on it to install games and software, and a os X related partiton for just back ups and movies and stuff. Both OS's are installed and working perfect on the internal. Can I do this?

    right now I have two partitons in NTSF on it and windows and os x see it, but os x can not write or edit the files(windows can obviously). Does it have to be in FAT for os x to use it? Can I have a FAT partiton and NTSF partion on the same drive? thanks!!!!!!!

  2. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    the external drive has to be fat32. i think i read somewhere, that installing a third-party software could make it possible to read/write ntfs files. try google.
  3. kennyy macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2006
    hi, i have the same problem

    you have to use a program call MacDrive6 :) it is free to try...
  4. encro macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2002
    OS X and Windows can both read/write FAT32
    OS X cannot write to NTFS but can read.
    You could create 2 seperate partitions if you like.

    If its only an external and permissions don't concern you much then FAT32 is definitely the easiest solution. I have one external formatted as JHFS+ and the other is FAT32.

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