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  • Scott Davis

    April 21, 2005 at 4:16 am

    I want to format a portable drive to shuttle media between myself and clients. FAT 32 is the only format that I know of that is cross compatible. Is there something better? (Keep in mind this is only to transfer files and not to work off of and it needs to be as compatible with as many Windows OSs as possible and with OS 10.3 and maybe 10.4)

    Thanks once again.

    Scott Davis

  • Guy

    April 21, 2005 at 4:50 am

    maybe format as ntfs on a PC? I think later versions of 10.3 read/write to it.

  • walter biscardi

    April 21, 2005 at 4:57 am

    For simply transferring files, I’ve never had an issue with any PC formatted drive showing up on my Mac and allowing me to transfer files to it.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.
    Creative Genius, Biscardi Creative Media

    Now in Production, “The Rough Cut,”

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters

  • derek woods

    April 21, 2005 at 5:20 am

    I find a great way to work between mac and pc’s has been to format my drive on the mac, since i do the bulk of my editing on fcp, but put macdrive on my pc ( for working on ultra) it works great!

  • Sean ONeil

    April 21, 2005 at 5:50 am

    It’s a major drag. There is no good solution. FAT32 works perfectly on both platforms, but FAT32 sucks. It has a 137 gig limit, and files can be no larger than 4 gigs (useless for most of us video people).

    OSX can read NTFS but can’t write to it.

    Yes there’s MacDisk and similar products. But you have to open up a program to make it work. And of course you have to have that program on the PC in question. Not helpful if you want to take it somewhere. If you want a firewire drive or something that will work anywhere you go, there are no good options.

  • Alan Lacey

    April 21, 2005 at 4:54 pm

    A fast network, cheap PC and write your files to the disk mounted on that.


  • Bryce Whiteside

    April 21, 2005 at 7:43 pm

    You could roll-your-own server with using a product like with a small form factor or get something like a Buffalo Technology TeraStation which includes Gigaethernet.

    A little more than your average firewire drive, but you get what you pay for.

    Some other options,

    Don’t worry Mr. B. I have a cunning plan…

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