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dijon
2005-08-12, 09:11
i want to move all my mp3's to an external firewire drive to share between
my windows xp desktop and mac osx laptop (on different occasions - not the
same time). if i format the drive for OSX win xp won't see it (i think) but
if i format it for win xp, OSX will see it (again, i think). are there any
foreseeable problems in doing this?

Chris Laplante
2005-08-12, 11:40
Another option to experiment with is UDF. It is traditionally intended
for optical media, but it can be written to hard-disks as well. I know
at least for Linux such tools exist. I think you definitely have to
partition on the windows box.

Firewire also allows for more than one host at a time to talk to a
given device, you may be able to mount it on more than one machine
read-only, or even read-write on one machine.

Search for "firewire san" for more info on doing this.

-Chris

On 8/12/05, dijon <troven (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> i want to move all my mp3's to an external firewire drive to share between
> my windows xp desktop and mac osx laptop (on different occasions - not the
> same time). if i format the drive for OSX win xp won't see it (i think) but
> if i format it for win xp, OSX will see it (again, i think). are there any
> foreseeable problems in doing this?
>
>

dijon
2005-08-12, 14:44
thanks, did some searches for firewire san and it seems like that's overkill
for me since i really never plan on connecting to the drive using more than
one machine at a time.

however, i found this infomative page about sharing firewire drives between
XP and OSX if others are looking to do something similar.
http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/sharefwdrive.html

Does anyone have any experience with mediafour's MacDrive? i'm thinking i
could format the drive in OSX, install macdrive on my PC and everything
would be peachy. anyone do this? ever?

thanks

-t
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Subject: Re: [slim] external drive with 2 OS's


Another option to experiment with is UDF. It is traditionally intended
for optical media, but it can be written to hard-disks as well. I know
at least for Linux such tools exist. I think you definitely have to
partition on the windows box.

Firewire also allows for more than one host at a time to talk to a
given device, you may be able to mount it on more than one machine
read-only, or even read-write on one machine.

Search for "firewire san" for more info on doing this.

-Chris

On 8/12/05, dijon <troven (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
> i want to move all my mp3's to an external firewire drive to share between
> my windows xp desktop and mac osx laptop (on different occasions - not the
> same time). if i format the drive for OSX win xp won't see it (i think)
but
> if i format it for win xp, OSX will see it (again, i think). are there any
> foreseeable problems in doing this?
>
>

chiphart
2005-08-15, 13:41
dijon wrote:
> i want to move all my mp3's to an external firewire drive to share between
> my windows xp desktop and mac osx laptop (on different occasions - not the
> same time). if i format the drive for OSX win xp won't see it (i think) but
> if i format it for win xp, OSX will see it (again, i think). are there any
> foreseeable problems in doing this?

...format the drive for FAT and it'll be read/writeable by OSX,
Linux, XP. Note that you can't actually format a FAT drive
>32GB(?) with XP...you have to use 98, Linux, or OSX to do that.

I use this setup at home where the MP3 Collection may be dragged
to any number of machines. I had a question about a week ago
relating to a problem with formatting a backup drive
(ultimately, I believe the problem is that Linux and OSX will
gladly work with a non-partitioned, FAT32 drive...where XP will
not).

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