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mrstevenund
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: NTFS external Reply with quote

I now own my first Mac (late 2006 mac mini from craig's list) with several questions.

I have a 500GB WD My Book external drive formatted as NTFS that I want to use to transfer back and forth with. I have read access automatically. How do I gain write access. I currently have 10.4.11 tiger.

As I just said, I currently have Tiger. My wife has upgrade disks for Leopard. At $30, Snow Leopard is also an option. Which one should I go with and why?

Lastly, I was trying to figure out how to share files via the network. I have two XP machines and the Mac Mini. I've read its easy using Win7, but I haven't found much info for XP. Suggestions?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd avoid using NTFS if possible, and switch it to FAT32 if you plan to use it in Windows as well. Mac's don't natively support writing to NTFS although you can get third party utilities to do it.

What CPU do you have in your Mini ? If its an Intel Core2Duo then I'd probably go for Snow Leopard.

In System Preference - Sharing you can enable File sharing, and select the folders you wish to share. You will also need to enable SMB in the options
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
I'd avoid using NTFS if possible, and switch it to FAT32 if you plan to use it in Windows as well. Mac's don't natively support writing to NTFS although you can get third party utilities to do it.

What CPU do you have in your Mini ? If its an Intel Core2Duo then I'd probably go for Snow Leopard.

In System Preference - Sharing you can enable File sharing, and select the folders you wish to share. You will also need to enable SMB in the options


+1

I'd however go to Snow Leopard with any Intel based Mac (even if it is a core solo). Bypass Leopard all together.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a 1.68GHz.Core Duo.

Snow leopard it is then. Either way, I was going to do a clean install.

Do the computers have to all be in the same workgroup? Before I installed the big hdd, I was playing with the settings and wasn't getting it to work.
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