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I work on a Mac at work and a PC at home. I took my external HD (a WD Passport 500 GB drive) into work to store some files before a big business trip, but NO LUCK. It won't allow me to add any files or folders from my Mac to the drive, but I can access all files already on the the drive (from my PC). I don't recall the exact error, but it basically tells me that the action is not allowed.

I checked the software that always tried to load with the drive and attempted to "unlock" the drive, but was told that it was already unlocked. I have no idea why I can't transfer the files. I don't think it's a storage space issue because I have open storage space on this drive (267 GB). The drive is NTFS formatted. Does this make a difference?

Any ideas on what I can try to get it to work? Or am I stuck buying a 16 GB Flash drive?


Thanks in advance!
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The problem lies with the file system. If you formatted the whole drive in windows as NTFS, you will be unable to use it on your MAC. I ran into this problem on my girlfriends mac and PC, I shrunk the partition size of the NTFS windows partition, and left some un-allocated space. I then plugged in with the mac and started a mac partition. Essentially you will have two separate hard drives.
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Did you install NTFS3G on your mac yet? With macfuse Ofc.
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A better solution is to backup all your data in the hard drive then format it to exFAT on your desktop since you're using vista anyways. Works better than NTFS-3G(the other free solution) since it's more stable.
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf;15209585 
Did you install NTFS3G on your mac yet? With macfuse Ofc.
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A better solution is to backup all your data in the hard drive then format it to exFAT on your desktop since you're using vista anyways. Works better than NTFS-3G(the other free solution) since it's more stable.

Way better solutions than mine, I just did it the other way because I was in a hurry and needed to backup the mac.
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A better solution is to backup all your data in the hard drive then format it to exFAT on your desktop since you're using vista anyways. Works better than NTFS-3G(the other free solution) since it's more stable.

So, I can take my HD right now, as is, and reformat it to exFAT and it will work my MAC?

Or, if I took a fresh drive and formatted it on the MAC first, would I be able to then use it on the PC machine? Is this a better option?


Thanks again for the help!!
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Yeah. As long as it's Mac OSX 10.5+ (which is technically most of the macs), it should be able to read exFAT. You can format it using Disk Utility in the MAC or just right clicking it on your My Computer in Windows then click reformat. Make sure you backup your files 1st.

I really think it's a better solution since NTFS-3G crashed on me last time..
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Yeah. As long as it's Mac OSX 10.5+ (which is technically most of the macs), it should be able to read exFAT. You can format it using Disk Utility in the MAC or just right clicking it on your My Computer in Windows then click reformat. Make sure you backup your files 1st.

I really think it's a better solution since NTFS-3G crashed on me last time..

I think it may be a better solution but isn't exFAT limited to 4gb file size and slower speeds? Besides, I thought Apple only offered MS Dos Fat as an option to formatting anything both pc and mac play well with (which I thought was synonomous with fat32).
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