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Frank Giardina
Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:21:11 pm

Hi...

I recently switched over to CS6 (Adobe Cloud)and do the bulk of my editing on a MAC. I'd like to also work on my laptop PC in doing same day edits, then finish the rest of the project on a MAC. I've done a search and I see it is possible to partition a hard drive so I can share it. I've seen read/write restrictions and that has me worried, as I would have to play out file to play on a HD projector, then at a later date finish the same project on a MAC.

I could use some advise.

Best Regards

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:34:22 pm

If you format the drive FAT32 or eXFat, both WIN and MAC can read it just fine.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:47:44 pm

Thanks Chris... I'm gonna give exFAT a shot.

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Ron Pestes
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:58:35 pm

According to the article I just read exFat only works with flash drives. What do you do with regular external hard drives unless you buy Macdrive?

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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:38:18 pm

Frank -

Here's a good article on the process:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/250431/how_to_share_an_external_drive_betwee...

I've also read that the Seagate GoFlex drives are Mac and PC compatible out of the box, although I have not tried them. If you're doing the bulk of your editing on the Mac, as you say, you may want to look at a couple of utilities which allow the PC to access the Mac file structure:

http://www.thedailybuggle.com/read-mac-drive-windows/

Joe Bourke
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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:53:07 pm

Thanks Joe!! You guys are the best!!

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Chris Borjis
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 10:17:05 pm

NTFS works best for me, but requires some utility installation
or a paid app to make the mac able to write to the volume.

FAT32 won't allow files over 4gb in size.



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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 24, 2012 at 11:46:03 pm

Chris… would that be individual files of 4gb? My projects contain clips totaling over 100gb, with some individual clips as large as 1.4gb.

YIKES! Maybe I should just get a MAC Laptop and eat MAC and Cheese for a while.

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 7:07:00 am

Just use exFat. It allows bigger files and works with Windows and Mac. Just keep in mind that if you format the disk in Windows the cluster size can't be over 1024.


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Chris Borjis
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 4:10:45 pm

[Frank Giardina] "would that be individual files of 4gb"

yes, fat32 won't allow copying 4gb individual files or larger.

I have paragon NTFS Mac installed on all 4 of my systems here so
I can copy back to client NTFS formatted volumes if necessary.



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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 4:24:58 pm

I figured I'd give this a try? If it doesn't work, the drive will still be useful. I ordered a Seagate 2 TB USB 3.0 FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive. The Paragon driver is a utility that is offered with the GoFlex family of external drives and enables MacOS to mount NTFS volumes (partitions), read from them, and write to them. In short, it makes the GoFlex drive usable on a Windows PC and on a Mac without any reformatting or data erasure or instability.

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Chris Borjis
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 5:10:49 pm

Paragon comes with it? thats a great value.

OS X has no problem reading NTFS without a driver it just can't write to it
without help from another utility like paragon.

and comes in handy when someone wants a project archived
to an NTFS volume.


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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 5:40:59 pm

I'm going to do some tests and I'll post the results :)

Fingers, eyes, arms, and legs all crossed!

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 8:19:01 pm

Seagate GoFlex 2TB External Drive "MAC and Windows PC" Shared Drive Premier CS6 Test

1)The drive came in preformatted with an NTFS for a Windows PC
2)I mounted the drive on my Windows PC and went through the registration process, then ejected the drive.
3)I then mounted the same drive on a MAC, registered it on the MAC, and went through the MacInstall steps. Note: the install on the MAC includes a Paragon Driver, but it is only functional with the Seagate Drive.
4)I'm copying a 124GB project I started on my MAC to the Seagate Drive. It will take a couple hours for that to happen.

Stay Tuned :)

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Chris Borjis
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 25, 2012 at 10:14:06 pm

that sounds about right.



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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:27:38 am

5) When the project was done copying over I opened it on the Seagate drive with no issues.
6) Downloading the Cloud to my laptop now.

Stay Tuned :)

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 4:06:42 am

7) Launched Premiere, opened the project and all is well! I’m a happy camper!!
8) The only glitch was it has to re-render.
9) Next will be doing some editing, save and open on my MAC and see where I stand.

Stay Tuned :)

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Walter Soyka
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:30:07 pm

Pardon my late post, but having been cross-platform full time now for nearly a year, I'd suggest you get two pieces of third-party software to cover access on both platforms

Personally, I use Tuxera for NTFS write on the Mac, and I use MacDrive for HFS+ read/write on Windows.

With this setup, any machine in my office can read and write to any disk, irrespective of platform. I don't need to worry about what format incoming client material is, either. I can just plug an external drives and get to work.

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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:35:40 pm

Thanks Walter... sounds good to me. I'm having pretty good luck with the Seagate drive so far, but it doesn't seem as good an external drive thank what I typically use, which is LaCie

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Walter Soyka
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:40:54 pm

[Frank Giardina] "Thanks Walter... sounds good to me. I'm having pretty good luck with the Seagate drive so far, but it doesn't seem as good an external drive thank what I typically use, which is LaCie"

Then I hate to be the one to tell you that Seagate bought LaCie a few months ago...

I had liked Seagate (prior to their bad run a couple years ago) and Hitachi (prior to being bought out by Western Digital). I don't think it really matters anymore -- there are only three hard drive manufacturers left [link].

Walter Soyka
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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:58:13 pm

Crazy!!! LaCie drives are solid. Should be interesting to see what Seagate comes up with.

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Walter Soyka
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 26, 2012 at 2:07:33 pm

[Frank Giardina] "Crazy!!! LaCie drives are solid. Should be interesting to see what Seagate comes up with."

It's anecdotal, but I've heard a lot of complaints about LaCie failures, too.

I'd only say here that all hard drives die -- it's a matter of when, not if. If you have only one copy of your data, you are a quick twist of fate away from having no copies of your data.

Back everything up.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Sep 28, 2012 at 4:32:49 pm

I hear that... when I used tape it was easy just to save the tape as the backup. Shooting with DSLR means huge project files to backup. When I was using FCP I kept RAW on one drive and the project transcoded on another. Now, I'll have to just backup on another drive. Thanks for reminding me Walter!

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Oct 2, 2012 at 10:45:46 pm

Here’s an update… I used the Seagate drive for all of two weeks and it’s not POWERING UP. I hear they acquired or are in the process of acquiring LaCie. That doesn’t sound good to me at all. With that being said, any external drive recommendations.

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Walter Soyka
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Oct 3, 2012 at 7:53:15 pm

[Frank Giardina] "Here’s an update… I used the Seagate drive for all of two weeks and it’s not POWERING UP."

Bummer!

It's possible that the enclosure has failed, but the drive itself is still good. You may be able to open the enclosure (voiding your warranty), remove the drive, and place it directly inside a computer or in another enclosure to access the disk and retrieve your data.

I generally buy my storage from companies that cater to audio/video markets, like CalDigit, Dulce, G-Tech, Glyph, MaxxDigital, and others (many of whom are advertisers here). You'll pay more, but you'll get better support, components and build quality, and enterprise-class drives. Still doesn't guarantee the drives won't fail, though...

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Frank Giardina
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Oct 3, 2012 at 8:13:27 pm

I hear that Walter. They are sending me a new base, thinking it may just be the base that failed, that's why there was no power to the unit. If that doesn't do it, I'm pulling the drive and as you noted, either place it directly inside a computer or in another enclosure to access the disk and retrieve your data. They waved the voiding of my warranty in case I have to go that way. I also have a IT friend that can retrieve the data if push comes to shove.

I've already decided to go with G-Tech looking ahead, and I'll backup all my files on another external drive. This whole thing started because I was looking for a multi-platform workflow. I thought Seagate would do that for me and it's turned into a big mess.

This has been a live and learn a hard lessons.

Thanks for your help and support!!!!

Frank Giardina
17 Video Production


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Jim Miesner
Re: Format an External Hard Drive to use on MAC and PC
on Jul 21, 2013 at 3:47:02 am

how Is The Speed Of Tuxera? I Tried Macdrive, But It Was Really To Slow To Edit With.

Jim


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