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 Post subject: Need help buying an external hard drive for both Mac & PC
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:01 pm 
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Need some help buying an external hard drive. Need to be able to access it from both a Mac and a PC(windows 7) at the same time. Wanting it to be network attached. I was looking at the Seagate Goflex home 3TB drive but have read a lot of negative reviews in terms of problems accessing it from a Mac on the network. Anyone have any thoughts in this area. Looking to spend in the $100-$160 range.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying an external hard drive for both Mac & P
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:32 pm 
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You just missed the 4TB HGST Touro for $170 yesterday. Get this 4-bay CineRAID and you'll be set forever. It's only $130 with promocode EMCJHHN42 and after $25 MIR. It's a super deal and a real steal. Nothin' beats hardware raid, hot swappable and external. Just plug it into your router and off you go.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying an external hard drive for both Mac & P
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:10 pm 
Smithfield
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I'm under the assumption that Mac OS X has an NTFS driver, at least for reads. If you need to write something, you may be hosed. NFS would be the best solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying an external hard drive for both Mac & P
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:43 pm 
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It's HFS, HFS+, and HFS Journaled, but you get the idea.
latiosxt wrote:
NFS would be the best solution.


Sir, if you want a Mac and a Windows partition on the same drive, bootable or not, of course, Windows itself won't let you access your Mac partition. Or at least until you find software for Windows that will allow you to access a Mac partition. Windows has no support for HFS, but if you buy and install MacDrive, that's what I use for Mac file/folder access! Google "MacDrive" for me. :)

And of course, the opposite. If you run a Mac OS and your Windows NTFS partition does mount successfully in Finder, I learned that the partition and its files are accessible (most don't even require admin or elevated privileges!) but moving/changing/deleting these files are questionable.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying an external hard drive for both Mac & P
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:05 pm 
Smithfield
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NFS is best because it's agnostic to the OS accessing it.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying an external hard drive for both Mac & P
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:50 pm 
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I read about file systems but never heard anything about NFS, that's new to me.


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