Reading and writing Windows and Linux file formats under Mac OS - what works?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr.Bullitt, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Mr.Bullitt macrumors regular

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    Hi guys!


    I am curious - and before I attempt something that could go wrong - what is the state of reading and writing foreign file formats under Mac OS?

    For a long time e.g. NTFS has been readable under Linux, but recently in my Mandriva 2009.1 "spring" powerpack, I found out that now it can also write NTFS - without having to install xtra softwaredrivers and with no warnings as were usual.. seem to work fine..

    How is it on Mac OS - can it read and write NTFS? How about Ext3 Linux format??

    ( I have a lot of data in these formats that I would to migrate to my new MBP :) )

    Cheers!
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    out of the box, OSx can read NTFS but not write to it. You need a 3rd party addon to write NTFS.
     
  3. Koronis macrumors member

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    the addon needed for OSX to write to ntfs is called ntfs-3g, you also appear to need macfuse installed
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    ext3 is not well supported in osx. A google search will help you.
    There's a project macfuse, but people report it's not that great.
     

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