Read/Writing on (HPS) external HD from Windoes

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  1. OatmealRocks macrumors 6502a

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    I need your opinion. On my mac I use OS X Snow Leopard mainly but on occasion I do use Windows 7 on apps such as MS SQL, MS project and MS Visio.

    I just got a new external HD and debating on the file format, HPS or NTFS? I want both OS to be able to access the files. If I use HPS format would I have any issues with SQL or Visio files that are extracted from my external(HPS) drive??

    What program can do this?

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  2. balamw Moderator

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    Boot Camp comes with read only HFS drivers that would probably work fine for Visio, but probably not SQL. There are a number of packages for windows like MacDrive that can enable read/write access.

    Personally, I prefer abstracting this over the network so it doesn't matter.
    All my shared files are either in dropbox or on a local HP mediasmart server.

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  3. OatmealRocks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What does yoru HP server use? FAT32, HFS, NTFS?
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    It's NTFS. The device runs Windows Home Server and also deals with the Time Machine backups for all my computers (3 Macs dual booted with Windows and 2 PCs).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...05562&cm_re=mediasmart-_-59-105-562-_-Product

    They used to have an LX model that was cheaper.

    Any NAS will do though, even a Time Capsule or hanging your external off of something like an Airport Extreme. (Those would be HFS+).

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  5. OatmealRocks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey that's pretty cool.

    I thought about NTFS but the issue is when I copy files to external on NTFS, it will create a weird file with teh same name but 0kb. NOt sure if you know what I'm referring to. I have NTFS-3G on the mac side.

    It is annoying to see a double of the same file.. if I do work on Mac and copy files to the external.
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    Check out BlueHarvest http://www.zeroonetwenty.com/blueharvest/

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  7. OatmealRocks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the link. THis is what I am looking for.
     

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