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    I have an external NTFS formatted hard drive that has some raw video in it.


    I want to take it to the Mac lab and use final cut pro to edit some footage.


    My question is can the Mac correctly read and write to a NTFS formatted hard drive?

    The Macs in the lab are eqipped with the latest home Mac OS (sorry I don't follow Mac software so I don't know what version it exactly is)
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    Here someone asked the same question with varying answers below.

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    I dont know if they could write to it but i know they could read. I have mac installed on a HFS formatted and my NTFS also shows up but it cant write. Maybe it could be it doesn't on mine.

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    I dual boot XP and OSX, and my Mac can read the NTFS drive, but not write to it.

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    Yea same here

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    Ah thanks.

    Too bad though. My second thought was to look into partitioning it into both a fat32 and ntfs but that makes no sense for what i'm doing.

    I need ntfs to handle my large (16+ gb) files. Too bad.. No Final Cut Pro for me.
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    You could transfer the files to the HFS+ HDD from the NTFS one. It will take some time but you could do it overnight.

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    You can use send files from HFS+ format drives in macintosh to NTFS format drives in Windows using a network share.
    What gets me is, if this method works...how come you can't copy directly from HFS+ to NTFS in the first place!? WTF???


    Hopefuly there might be some special software that makes macintosh believe your external drive is a shared folder on a network. Check into OSX Emulation software.

    I also have a big external drive for video footage and I currently use a 5gb Fat32 partition on it to copy from from the mac to my pc.
    Havn't had to transfer anything over 4gb yet, but I can still slice the projects I guess. Doesn't sound pretty to me though.
    Last edited by Wolfmight; 03-30-2006 at 04:52 AM.

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    At least Mac can read NTFS. Windows can't even read HFS+

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    Quote Originally Posted by twisterX
    At least Mac can read NTFS. Windows can't even read HFS+
    Bill Gates made sure of that. Cheap bastard that Gates.

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