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Slankydudl
15-06-2012, 12:30 AM
I need to transfur large video files of about 20gb each to my mac and i wanted to know what the best file format was to use as ntfs, fat32 and whatever apples one is are not options.

Speedy Gonzales
15-06-2012, 12:35 AM
Looks like Mac's can read NTFS, but cant write to NTFS partitions. But there are 3rd party programs, that'll fix that

Slankydudl
15-06-2012, 12:48 AM
Oh thats interesting i thought neither was possible. Thank you.

icow
15-06-2012, 12:53 AM
You can get a pluggin that let's Mac write ntfs.

Speedy Gonzales
15-06-2012, 01:00 AM
There is a program for windows that can read Mac hdd's, its called Macdrive. Only thing is, it isnt free

AvonBill
15-06-2012, 11:28 AM
Here's what I did to get full NTFS support on my MacBook Air (sorry don't have the location of where I downloaded the software from with me)

• Installed FUSE for OS X 2.3.9 including the “MacFUSE Compatibility Layer” option.
• Installed NTFS-3G 2010.10.2 excluding the “MacFUSE” option as it is fully replaced by “FUSE for OS X”
• Can now mount NTFS volumes read/write albeit with a timeout error. The error is documented.
• Installed fuse_wait (fuse_wait.pkg) patch to stop the NTFS volume mount timeout error from occurring. It cured the problem.

tmrafi
15-06-2012, 03:23 PM
Just dont use NTFS, if you want to write on a MAC Natively
The best solution for you is ExFAT, MAC OS X 10.6.3 an above support it natively. Windows Vista SP1 and above support it natively. No need to tinker with non standard drivers etc.
ExFAT can handle file sizes and disk sizes upto 512TB so you wont have any issues with your large video files.

Chilling_Silence
15-06-2012, 03:57 PM
Yeah coz with FAT32 you're screwed once you hit a few gigs per-file...

wratterus
15-06-2012, 04:10 PM
...ExFAT can handle file sizes and disk sizes upto 512TB so you wont have any issues with your large video files.

You'd hope not! :lol:

But yeah, ExFAT is the best option, as long as you're not still running XP. :D

pcuser42
15-06-2012, 04:36 PM
But yeah, ExFAT is the best option, as long as you're not still running XP. :D

Even then, there's a hotfix that adds exFAT support for Windows XP (SP2+ I believe).

Speedy Gonzales
15-06-2012, 04:46 PM
Yup its here (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19364)