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Chip Hess
Project Migration PC > Mac > PC
on Jan 17, 2013 at 4:32:54 pm

I have MC on a PC at work and Mac at home, same version.
Starting to experiment with shuttling projects back and forth.

Now the formatting the portable hard drive issue comes up.
Is there a format readable by both Mac and PC?
Even if I partition a drive, will both systems
be able to see the material on each other's partition?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Job ter Burg
Re: Project Migration PC > Mac > PC
on Jan 18, 2013 at 7:26:59 am

There's things like Paragon NTFS for Mac and MediaFour MacDrive (PC) that allow you to use either NTFS or HFS+. I have these installed on my Macs and PC's, so that I won't necessarily have to care about the drive format.

My gut tells me that using HFS+ drive on a PC (with MacDrive) is somewhat faster than using NFTS on Macs, but I've never done any benchmark testing.

Officially, Avid won't bless using NTFS media drives on Mac nor HFS+ media drives on PC, and it does slow the drive speed slightly, but for generic editing, I have found it to just work.

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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Project Migration PC > Mac > PC
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:09:19 pm

If you're on Vista or later, your best bet is exFat - Disk utilities can format the drive like this for you.

Unlike Fat32, exFAT allows greater than 2 GB sized files. It's readable by both current Macs and the PC.

I'm a big fan also of installing on the PC MacDrive and then you can access HFS+ volumes.


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