Viewing Second Hard Drive in Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by terin5124, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. terin5124 macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008

    About two months ago I purchased a Mac Pro with 2 1TB hard drives. On the first hard drive I have two 500GB partitions: one for Windows XP 64-bit and one for Leopard.

    Everything works just fine except that I can't view the second 1TB hard drive, which I use for data storage, in Windows. I'm forced to boot into Leopard to transfer files over. I've searched and couldn't come up with an answer.

  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    How is the second hard drive formatted?

    By default, the only file system that both Windows and Mac OS can read and write to, is the FAT32 file system.

    You can install some software to allow Mac OS to read and write to NTFS, but the performance is poor. Conversely, you can install some Windows software to read and write to HFS+ (the default Mac OS file system), but again performance will suffer.

    The best solution would be use FAT32 if you regularly use both host OS systems.
  3. Catch Them macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2008
    make sure its NTFS formatted and XP 64-bit has never truly been supported.
    so there could be a framework issue at hand or even something with OS itself unable to read drives, especially larger drives.

    if you have to use 64-bit, get Vista, other XP 32bit is your next best bet.

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