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Old 08-07-2005, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question External Hard drive sharing question

i hope that i haven't posted this in the wrong forum my question is this: i need to share a hard drive between a Mac in a music studio and my XP.

firstly, is there a USB-->FireWire converter ? i know there's one for going the other way...

also i thought of partitioning the external drive (its a Western Digital 160gig USB2) and having one that is formatted so that it can run on a Mac and then (if they exist) use a program on XP to run the new format. does such a program exist?

if not is there anything else i could do?

thanks for the help

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Old 08-07-2005, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not a mac guy, but I believe that macs can read NTFS file systems which is the file system used by windows XP. So you should be able to write and read data form that drive on your mac.

For the adaptor I have not seen one may be someone has more info about that. USB 2.0 should be fine if that’s all the external case has on it. I don’t think the adapter would speed the transfer rate up at all.

Please correct me if I am misinformed.


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Old 08-07-2005, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for your reply kyoji. i wasn't aware that Macs could reat NTFS. regarding the converter, i was thinking that Macs don't have USBs?
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Old 08-07-2005, 04:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mac's could read NTSF, but they could not possibly write to it.

Format the drive in fat32 and your good
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Old 08-07-2005, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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