Tips for external HHD being shared between windows and Mac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RobinHood5, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. RobinHood5 macrumors regular

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    My sister is a pro photographer and uses a 1tb external HHD. We have been all windows for our computers Until now. Myself and my parents also acess the drive often over our network. Well, my sister and I are getting iMacs (mine is getting here on the 1st and hers is on the 3rd) while we are going to be completely switched over to Mac my parents are not. The need acess to the drive and need to be able to use files off of it.

    Currently it's ntfs format which I know will not work with macs. My current plan is to transfer her 400gb of photos over to another DrIve and format the 1tb to FATex. FATex is a format all operating systems can share.

    Will this idea work for what I want it for?
    Do you guys have any other ideas?
    Any tips or tricks to make it easy?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     

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