Will MBP be able to see external firewire NTFS drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by daisu, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. daisu macrumors member

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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.
     
  2. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    Since you only intend to read from the drive, it should work just fine.
     
  3. Carrot007 macrumors regular

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  4. daisu thread starter macrumors member

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    Once I'm done with the information on the drive I was thinking of formatting it natively by the Mac. It's going to be a main scratch drive for it. Might as well have it as compatible as possible, but thank you for the link.
     
  5. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  6. daisu thread starter macrumors member

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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?
     
  7. Carrot007 macrumors regular

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    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
     

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