Will MBP be able to see external firewire NTFS drive?

daisu

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Jun 6, 2007
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Hi,

I have some items I want to transfer over to my hopefully soon arriving MBP and was wondering if I could use an external firewire drive formatted with NTFS. I won't be writing to the drive, just reading from it. Fat32 doesn't work for me since it has to be broken up into segments for the 250gb drive.
 

Sherman Homan

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Oct 27, 2006
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Fat32 doesn't work for me since it has to be broken up into segments for the 250gb drive.
The partition size limit in FAT 32 is only a Microsoft "feature". If you format the drive on your Mac using FAT 32 you can do the whole 250 gigs in one partition. Still have the 4 gig file limit, but you can check if you have anything that big.
 

daisu

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Jun 6, 2007
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Flushing, Queens
The partition size limit in FAT 32 is only a Microsoft "feature". If you format the drive on your Mac using FAT 32 you can do the whole 250 gigs in one partition. Still have the 4 gig file limit, but you can check if you have anything that big.
Thanks. I'll remember that. Yes, a huge area where Microsoft is just arse backwards. Aren't they the ones that created the FAT32 standard?
 

Carrot007

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Sep 18, 2006
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Thanks. I'll remember that. Yes, a huge area where Microsoft is just arse backwards. Aren't they the ones that created the FAT32 standard?
Yeah but on the whole limiting fat 32 partitions is good because nobody should use fat32, it's really not a good system. I can understand why they did it.

Plus it's not hard to find a 3rd party windows tool to do the job for free.

Here is an example...

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm