Shared file system between Mac and PC?

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  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

    wakerider017

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    Do you guys think we will ever have a shared file system between Mac and PC besides FAT32?

    I would be fine with FAT except for that 4GB limitation.


    I would be nice to have a file system compatible with both systems so I could carry around my external 2.5" drive and my thumb drive.

    I use different PC's and Macs at school everyday so adding some sort of software is not an option.
     
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    I would hope so eventually for those that need it, but have not found the 4Gb file limit on individual files limitation with FAT32 a problem myself. The only place I have any individual files >4Gb are a handful of my video files but since they are used exclusively on my Macs it does not present a problem.

    If I may ask, what types of files do you need to transport that are larger than 4Gb each? You have my curiosity up.;)
     
  3. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

    wakerider017

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    Mostly disk image files like .iso and .dmg (For instance I bought iLife 09' and wanted to make a digital backup in case the DVD got scratched.. Unfortunately the resulting .dmg file is to large to put on my FAT external drive that I use for both Mac and PC.)

    It is not a frequent problem, but when you run into a situation like this you are sorta stuck. If possible I will resort to transferring over the network, but that option is not always available. (In the case of iLife I was just trying to back it up to an external drive to keep it safe and not take up room on my main drive. For this I would need a NTFS or Mac formatted drive.)

    A universal format would make life much easier!

    For those running Bootcamp on your mac:
    Just imagine you could also write to NTFS from Mac, and it would be so nice to even see let alone write to a Mac formatted drive from NTFS
     
  4. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I'm not really familiar with a ZFS formatted drive but Snow Leopard is suppose to read and write to ZFS drives. Windows can read and write to ZFS as well right? That could be a possible solution... Just have to wait a few months.
     
  5. DARKJ3DI macrumors regular

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    Its called ZFS and its used on OpenSolaris
     
  6. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Ya I fixed it... I don't know why I wrote ZIF lol. Can Windows read/write to ZFS ?
     
  7. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    Hi,
    I have a external hard disk and it is formatted in NTFS cos I formally had only PC at home. Since two months I have only mac at home ( ;) ) but I kept my external HD in NTFS. I use NTFS 3g to have a write access to the disk from OSX.

    It is not that fast as native ntfs write support but it works quite fine.

    Tex
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no it cannot. besides, ZFS is for Snow Leopard server only, and it currently only allows read only access (AFAIK).

    that would seem the best & easiest option.
     

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