WD Passport 320 gigs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tkjazzer, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

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    So WD Passport comes in a format that is compatible with Windows and Mac.

    However, that has a 4 gigs file size limit and is not enough for some of my .iso files.

    So, can a genius here please tell me what that format is called that it ships with.

    I heard windows uses NTFS (maybe I have the letters wrong).
    I looked in to this 3G thing by google but I can't figure it out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_3G

    Does anyone have a blog with step-by-step instructions on how to make it work? (I am not capable of compiling stuff [i think that is the word] which is where I always ran in to trouble in the past).

    Can I reformat the WD Passport 320 gig to NFTS format?
    Will things like Imovie and final cut studio (if I ever get it) know how to utilize this NTFS-3G thing to write on to the external directly?

    What is the Mac format called that has no file limit size?

    What would you recommend I do?

    I own PC desktop with 3 externals hooked to it.
    Can be networked to my mac to transfer files but it's so slow compared to usb 2.0 directly connected.
    I have a macbook pro with practically filled native HD and one wd passport but with the 4 gig file limit.

    I really could use some help - such a noob with mac problems.
     
  2. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    Format the passport to OS Extended(Journaled) and then for your windows boxes, get a program called MacDrive, though I don't agree with having to pay someone to read a filesystem.

    Or, be daring and stick the 320gb drive inside your macbook >_> That's what I did with a Passport recently, heh
    Also, the format it comes in is FAT32.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    HFSExplorer works for my read-only access of HFS+ drives in Windows.

    Just make sure the file paths aren't too deep.
     
  4. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    One thing to keep in mind is that the "pocket" hard drives (like the Passport) aren't made to last like the full-sized external hard drives are. I use one to back up once or twice a month, and to transfer files from one computer to another, but I wouldn't use a pocket drive to run 24*7 as a Time Machine backup.
     
  5. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i just want a pocket drive for 4.1-4.5 gig size iso files... my dvds that I watch all the time. (they are instructional videos) and I'd rather just have the full file instead of compressed. It's annoying that fat 32 has a file size limit.
     
  6. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    Then formatting as Extended and using MacDrive on your Win PC's is the best solution. Works flawlessly for me on my WD 160GB Passport.
     

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