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eggohead
format hard drive for Mac & PC
on Apr 9, 2007 at 7:50:23 pm

Hi, I'd like to be able to pass files back and forth between me and the people I work with. They all work on Adobe Premiere on PC's, and I'm on FCP on a Mac.
I've heard that if I format my external hard drive to FAT-32,then I can upload PC files to the hard drive, then download them onto the Mac, and vice-versa...however, I've also been told that the Mac will only be able to read files that are 2GB or less if they come from a hard drive formatted to FAT-32. Is this true? Are there other down-sides to my plan?
Are there any external firewire hard drives that will not have this quirk involved?

Josh




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Curtis Thompson
Re: format hard drive for Mac & PC
on Apr 9, 2007 at 8:26:44 pm

hello...

this is a common topic here - also try searching the archives for comments, but this is generally what you would want to do:

http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/sharefwdrive.html

any reason to not just network boxes? much easier than hauling a drive between boxes...

sitruc


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eggohead
Re: format hard drive for Mac & PC
on Apr 10, 2007 at 2:29:46 pm

Thanks, I'll check out the article.
...You know I had never thought about networking my Mac to a PC. Can that be done pretty easily through firewire? there wouldn't be the same format issues involved that the external hard drives have?
I guess that'd depend on if I end up getting a desktop or a Mac Mini. The people I'm sharing files with are 40 miles away, so that was the reason I was thinking external hard drive.

Josh


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zrb123
Re: format hard drive for Mac & PC
on Apr 11, 2007 at 1:55:45 am

you cant network a windows computer through firewire. And even if you could you said they are 40 miles apart. How big are the files you are sending.


Check out http://www.yousendit.com



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Brad Pemberton
Re: format hard drive for Mac & PC
on Apr 17, 2007 at 7:20:02 pm

[zrb123] "
you cant network a windows computer through firewire."


Windows XP and Mac OS X (10.3 and 10.4) both support IP over firewire. That said you can get a possible dedicated 400 or 800 megabit connection using simple file sharing from the Mac (crank up Windows sharing in the Sharing Pref. pane.)

BTW - FireWire 800 has a distance limitation of 300 feet.


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Tony!
Re: format hard drive for Mac & PC
on Apr 13, 2007 at 7:42:18 pm

MacDrive from Mediafour is the best solution I've found (and its easy). Just install it on the PCs and format your drives for the Mac.

http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/

They been making this product for along time and I know many people are very happy with it.

Tony!


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