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Using an external hard drive between mac & PC

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Hoping someone can help out - I work between my home studio and a professional room and I need an external hard drive to carry PT sessions between.

The problem is, I'm using a windows-based system at home. I plan to upgrade to a mac system in the next few months, but until then I'm stuck... This also means that the hard drive I purchase now will need to work with macs exclusively in the future.

Is anyone aware of a solution for this? I had hoped to get the Glyph 050 quad interface (400 gig) or equivalent.

Thanks for any help!


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Member Sun, 11/04/2007 - 12:03
yeah format fat32 (its called ms dos format if you do it under the mac disk utility), this allows for both mac and pc access to read and write, although it is a little slower and less efficient than ntfs, so don't record directly onto the ext hd, just copy paste the project after you record it on the daw.

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hueseph Fri, 11/02/2007 - 09:14
I could be wrong but I believe OS X can read files from an NTFS formatted hard drive. In fact, I know for a fact that OS X can see the files. Wether or not Pro Tools can retreive Session files from the drive is another question but I'm thinking that it is likely. As long as you're importing the files to the local drive while you work, I think it should be ok.


After a bit of searching, apparently ntfs is rendered read only in OS X. I don't know that this is any different in Leopard.

This program apparently allows you to both read and write to ntfs.

This product will allow you to read and write to hfs filing system on your pc:

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hueseph Fri, 11/02/2007 - 09:57
MadTiger3000 wrote: If something is read only, you simply have to make a new, local copy after you read it in. Sort of going backwards, but do what you have to do.

Sure but if you need to take that session home again you need to be able to write back to the disk. Unless you want to be burning DVD's every night.