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portable HD... windows --> Mac

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by pills_PMD, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. pills_PMD

    pills_PMD Super Moderator

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    i need to share a portable hard drive between my MAC and my PC for my research data.

    sea gate suggests i format it HFS and find 3rd party software to allow my PC to read/write to the HFS drive.

    is there really a problem leaving it FAT32 since windows/linux/mac can all read/write to FAT32?
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    if you have 2 computers, i'm assuming you have a network.
    I'd suggest setting up the drive as a NAS.

    over a network, file systems are independant.
     
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    fat32 with appletalk
     
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    Appletalk is dead for the most part. Just partition it FAT32 and you should not have any problems.
    Also for additional compatibility go to the system preferences on your mac and click the sharing icon. Then check to turn on file sharing and Windows file sharing. That will give you the most compatibility on a network as well.
     
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    interesting.

    then why does microsoft still put out updates for it?
     
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    i have a mac at work and my pc / mac laptop setup at home.
     
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    does the drive exceed the limit for fat32 tho? What size is it?
     
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    oh, I didn't realize that the 32GB limit was only a windows thing, not a FAT32 thing.
     
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    Yeah, definitely not a FAT32 limitation. Do the math with the bit counts in the file allocation table and you'll see exactly how many clusters fit into each file system- then multiply by your cluster size to get total capacity.
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    2 terabytes? Is that all? [​IMG]

    Anyway, that's a bit of a pickle. If you really want to, you could download the ext3 support files for Win and Mac and format the drive that way. You'll get a journaling filesystem at no additional cost.
     
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    it's only 60 gb. thanks guys
     
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