PC & Mac HDD

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  1. collaboration macrumors newbie

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    I've got a new wireless hdd to share in the house.

    I'm the only one with mac... how do we make the wireless hdd compatible for both mac and pc (the other three computers are running on Windows 10).

    What a pain...

    I may have posted this on wrong section sorry
     
  2. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    No need to apologise, and there'll probably be a pain-free answer, but first –

    – what make and model?
     
  3. collaboration thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's Seagate Wireless Plus
     
  4. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Look at the Seagate support site, you don't need to do anything to the drive it`s all on the Mac side. I also have a Wireless Plus, however I only need it for the Windows boxes, for the Mac you will need to install Seagate`s software and driver for NTFS.

    Just follow Seagate's instructions carefully and it should be no issue, I have mine mapped as NAS and it works perfectly.

    Q-6
     
  5. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    Just find out what the drive is currently formatted as. Fat32, NTFS, etc.

    If it is NTFS then you can install software on your Mac that allows it to read and write to NTFS drives. Windows computers won't have an issue. exFAT and both systems have full read/write capabilities without extra software.

    Just a word of advice about the wireless plus. I had one then 3 friends bought one. No one is using them anymore either from the device dying or frequent issues and becoming more aggrivating over time and slow. I still have mine in my desk and plan to possibly replace the drive at some point.
     
  6. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    Will all features of the product work with that alternative to NTFS?

    For the case of accidental use of the wrong file system, Seagate's documentation specifies reuse of NTFS.
     
  7. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    You may have to go and find documentation to find out that information. I don't have time to do that. But you can google exFat.
    It is a file system made for flash drives and externals. It doesn't have the overhead of NTFS or the file size limits of FAT32.

    I am fairly sure Seagate will recommend NTFS because most users will be using Windows. Or you just format to the file system that makes the most sense for your usage.
     
  8. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    Thanks. When I stress-tested exFAT on Mac OS X I found it not suitably reliable. But that was years ago, maybe Apple's implementation improved since then.
     

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