WD Passport / NTFS / Paragon Issues

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  1. indigotheory macrumors regular

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    Hi, first thanks for the replies to the other thread.

    Right, ok here goes. I have a WD Passport external hard drive, formatted in NTFS which i used with a Windows laptop before switching to a mac, I installed the Paragon NTFS driver to enable read / write to and from the drive. The passport drive works fine with the mac, now when i plug it into a windows system it appears to be corrupted and it just doesnt open,

    I have tried uninstalling the driver from device manager, restarting and installing, also have made it "active" in computer management - disk management services. no luck

    thanks in advance to anyone who has any ideas.
     
  2. hndn macrumors regular

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    I had the same problem, searched through this forum & found the answer.
    Format it in Disk Utilities, choose MS Dos (FAT32). NTFS doesn't work in Mac.
     
  3. Fafafoooey macrumors member

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    NTFS does work in OSX if you use Paragon NTFS. Which version of Paragon are you using?
     
  4. indigotheory thread starter macrumors regular

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    No FAT!

    Version 7.01

    The passport drive does work cool with the mac, the problems start when i plug it into a windows system.
     
  5. iJimmy macrumors regular

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    It's probably easier to just use FAT32.

    I've never had a problem reading or writing from mac to pc or vice versa. It can also be read from my ps3 or xbox 360.
     
  6. indigotheory thread starter macrumors regular

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    thats kinda a last resort, i have 100gb free on the passport drive......its 500gb

    the drive could be formatted to fat32, which could be a good thing, though i would have to budge 400gigs worth of data onto something, and i dont want to burn my superdrive out just yet, the mac is just over a week old!
     
  7. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Unless you have to use the drive with both OSs, I'd recommend just reformatting it as HFS+.

    When it comes to dealing with Windows -> * filesystem choices, it's a case of "reliable, cross-platform, native OS support -- pick any two".
     
  8. indigotheory thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Not with an out-of-the-box Windows installation. There are ways to read data from HFS+ disks with the aid of third-party apps though.
     
  10. n20nine macrumors member

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    You need MacDrive. For reading and writing NTFS drives, try NTFS 3G instead of Paragon NTFS, works pretty good..
     

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