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    Default pc reading mac formatted drives ?

    Hi I rec jumped to mac from windows and have been using NTFS-3G to read all my ext drives.

    Is there a similar thing for windows to read mac formatted drives ?

    I am thinking to format all my drives in OSX would that make alot of difference to performance ? at the moment if I forget to saftley remove the disk from my windows desktop my mac cant read it and its getting annoying esp if I have no windows machine to sort it out .

    I hardly use windows anymore but would like the option to have my drives able to read on both platforms.

    any Ideas ?

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    I think that the easiest solution is using FAT 32 filesystem for you external drives. You need to use a software as partition magic in order to be able to make a FAT 32 drive bigger than 32 Gb though. FAT 32 filesystem is visible for windows, mac and linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alien2k View Post
    I think that the easiest solution is using FAT 32 filesystem for you external drives. You need to use a software as partition magic in order to be able to make a FAT 32 drive bigger than 32 Gb though. FAT 32 filesystem is visible for windows, mac and linux.
    cheers m8 I will look into that


    nice one

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    the rumor mill is saying that snow leopard will feature a windows hfs+ driver. in the mean time you can check out http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/

    here is the original "rumor":
    http://www.macrumors.com/2009/05/06/...ndows-drivers/
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    I agree, FAT 32 will work.

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    As will MacDrive, use both of these techniques- MacDrive is btw much faster then the other way around- NTFS for Mac is either read-only and decently fast or R+W and crawling to the point that it's useless.
    There are EXT2-Drivers for both OSs as well, but for me personally it was way to complicated to partition and format the drive when I used it.
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