Time Capsule and NTFS drives - problem

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  1. DaQuark macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks,

    I have a Time Capsule and I want to plug in a 500GB external drive via USB. The problem is that the Time Capsule doesn't recognize NTFS drives. I can see the drive in my Airport Utility but I can't mount my drive.

    The problem is, that Time Capsule can recognize Fat32 but I DONT want Fat32 on my 500GB drive - I have large files up to 10GB's and as we all know Fat32 is just supporting 4GB. I also don't wanna format my drive to a MacOS file format because I'm traveling with this drive a lot and connect it to Windows computer.

    I researched a lot, google, forum's, etc - no solution yet. Does anybody know a solution how I can make TC recognize my NTFS USB drive?

    Much appriciated and Thanks!
     
  2. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    Forget about it. NTFS is a closed proprietary file system that isn't supported by Apple's hardware products.
     
  3. DaQuark thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so which file format should I use? I guess it won't be easy to find one because I'm sharing files with Windows users sometimes. But any workarounds?
     
  4. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    You're going have to make compromises, either:

    1. Store those 4GB+ files elsewhere and format your drive in FAT32.
    2. Give up on the idea of moving around you 500GB drive and format it in HFS+
    3. Buy MacDrive for the PCs and format your drive in HFS+.
     
  5. DaQuark thread starter macrumors newbie

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    found a solution

    Thanks stomer! I found a solution that works for me.

    I formated my drive into two partitions. One HFS+ for Mac which is not seen by Windows. And one partition simple and plain FAT - this one is just a few MB big enought for MacDrive Installer on it.

    So whenever I'm on the road and connect to a new Windows Machine that can't read HFS+ file formats than at least the FAT partition will be seen. And there is the driver on it - install and you can see everything.

    Hope that helps someone!

    Cheers

    p.s.: Time Capsule detects my drive just fine now :)
     

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