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datarunner

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Hi All

I'm helping out at my local church and they have both Mac and Windows computers on a small local network. They work with big multimedia files between both the Macs and Windows systems and the files end up everywhere on the network.

What I need to do is get a centralised system where both the Mac and Windows users can "dump" their files to a central location, which can be easily accessed in future from either the Mac or Windows computers.

I understand that Mac systems cannot write to NTFS (which is needed due to file system size) so I need some sort system easily accessed by both Mac and Windows

Will a NAS box accomplish this? Or could I setup a Ubuntu server with extra drives for storage?

I'd love to here your ideas.

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Neil Jones

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Drives set up as network drives in Windows can be any file format you want.
Therefore you should be able to format the drive as a MAC format and providing you access it as a network drive in Windows, it'll be happy. Note that if you connect a MAC formatted drive directly to a Windows PC, it will have a sniff and then totally ignore it. Windows has no built-in support for HPS formatted drives but network drives can be formatted however you like and they'll still work in Windows.

The easiest solution (though how you'll do this on a Mac I couldn't possibly say as I don't use them) may be to pop an extra drive in, share it or folders as needs be, and map network drives to those shares from Windows. A NAS box may be another solution, though possible overkill.

Edited by Neil Jones, 05 June 2009 - 05:32 PM.

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Drives set up as network drives in Windows can be any file format you want.
Therefore you should be able to format the drive as a MAC format and providing you access it as a network drive in Windows, it'll be happy. Note that if you connect a MAC formatted drive directly to a Windows PC, it will have a sniff and then totally ignore it. Windows has no built-in support for HPS formatted drives but network drives can be formatted however you like and they'll still work in Windows.

The easiest solution (though how you'll do this on a Mac I couldn't possibly say as I don't use them) may be to pop an extra drive in, share it or folders as needs be, and map network drives to those shares from Windows. A NAS box may be another solution, though possible overkill.


Hi There

Many thanks for your reply.

So what you are saying is have a drive formated in Mac format, connect it to the Mac and share it out?

OK I do have an external 500gb drive, formated as NTFS due to the file sizes. So can I convert this to Mac format WITHOUT loosing the data on there? Then share the drive and the Windows PCs can access it?

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I know not about the workings of how to use the MAC operating system which is why I don't go into the other forums and post about it.

It may be worth either posting in this forum:
http://www.geekstogo...Systems-f7.html

Or asking a mod if they could so nicely move this thread to the above forum.
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A nas box would accomplish this, or get an old PC install Ubuntu and setup a Samba server, Both the Mac and Windows machines will see a Samba share and its easy to setup.
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