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Hi guys,

I've recently purchased a PQI 500GB USB3 external hard drive for storage and transferring files (larger than 4GB) between the PC (running Windows 7) and the Mac (running 10.4.11 Tiger)

I installed both MacFuse and NTFS3G on the Mac, however when I plug the drive into the Mac it isn't recognised at all.

I'm not a Mac user (as its my partners Mac) so I would really love some advice.

Thanks,

Rich
Edited by Rick106 - 12/29/10 at 5:10am
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Format it with the mac for Fat32, they should both be able to read that.
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Appreciate the response. However I would like to be able to transfer files larger than 4GB and FAT32 restricts this process.

Am I missing something as I would expect the drive to be detected by the Mac?

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Originally Posted by Rick106 View Post
Hi guys,

I've recently purchased a PQI 500GB USB3 external hard drive for storage and transferring files (larger than 4GB) between the PC (running Windows 7) and the Mac (running 10.4.11 Tiger)

I installed both MacFuse and NTFS3G on the Mac, however when I plug the drive into the Mac it isn't recognised at all.

I'm not a Mac user (as its my partners Mac) so I would really love some advice.

Thanks,

Rich
RE: PQI 500GB USB3 external hard drive, installed both MacFuse and NTFS3G on the Mac- Want to transfer files (larger than 4GB) between the PC (running Windows 7) and the Mac (running 10.4.11 Tiger)

Am I missing something as I would expect the drive to be detected by the Mac?


Mac?

I would think that questions regarding MacFuse, NTFS3G would be best asked on their respective Mac focused forums as not many people run Macs percentage wise to begin with, less still that are into overclocking.

AFAIK Beyond special Mac apps (MacFuse, NTFS3G ?) in which I assume are supposed to allow the Mac to read NTFS, formatting the drive as Fat32 is your only option.

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Options:

1: Visit Mac sites, respective MacFuse, NTFS3G forums.

2: Visit the external drive manufacturers site and see if they have any info on the subject. While there make out a trouble ticket/file a complaint.
(EG: Put the ball in their court- Tell them you want to be able to transfer files larger than 4gb- and they should have a app for that.)

3: Remove the drive from it's enclosure for testing purposes... If it works then- you know the problem lies in the chipset of the enclosure not playing nice with MacFuse, NTFS3G, etc.


PS: Post back your findings- Additionally post the model id / year model id of the Mac you are taking about... that helps those doing net searches.
post #5 of 5
This is from a Micronet drive I received just minutes ago:

A note about file system format
THIS DRIVE HAS BEEN PREFORMATTED FROM THE FACTORY USING THE NTFS FILE SYSTEM
The manual shipped with your MicroNet/Fantom Drives May refer to another defaul file system-we regret any confusion this oversight may have caused. Printing changes are being made.
NTFS is the best and most current file system for Windows hosts: NTFS has several advantages over older file systems such as greater support for metadata,improved performance and support for files of larger than 4gb.
Linux and MacOSX hosts require a third-party driver such as NTFS-3G to achieve full read/write capability with NTFS volumes. If you intend to use this drive exclusively on MacOSX platforms please consult your product manual to learn how to format your drive for MacOSX.
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