Apple Mac/Windows Folder Compatabilty

  BAC1-11 14:31 30 Nov 09

We currently use XP PC's at home. My daughter starts uni next year and I leaning towards buying an Apple Mac.

My question is this, can you copy a folder from the mac to a portable hard drive that is formated for windows NTFS, and visa versa, and then work with the folder contents on both units?

  mgmcc 15:54 30 Nov 09

You can use an external drive with both Mac and Windows if it is formatted as FAT32 - the Mac won't be able to use a drive formatted as NTFS.

Windows XP, Vista and 7 can all use a FAT32 external drive, even if their own operating system is in an NTFS drive.

  bremner 16:09 30 Nov 09

A Mac can read and NTFS dive but it can not natively wite to it.

With MacFuse click here that problem is remedied.

Windows 7 can now read and write to an HFS+ drive. On my systems with W7 on a bootcamp partition, I see the MAC drive in Windows explorer.

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