Make Readable on WinXP Computers?

Discussion in 'NTFS for Mac & ExtFS for Mac' started by mwfanelli, Jan 7, 2010.

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  1. mwfanelli

    mwfanelli Registered Member

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    After formatting a USB drive with NTFS on my MBP, everything was fine while connected to a Mac. However, when that drive was connected to a Windows XP machine, the drive was seen as "unformatted." This occurred on all the XP machines I tried. On a Windows 7 machine, the drive was declared damaged.

    I then tried the same things with two more flash drives. Same result. So... Is there a way to format these flash drives as NTFS on a Mac in a way that also can be read/written on Windows machines? By the way, I use Disk Utility to do the formatting.

    Thanks!

    mike
     
  2. Mephist

    Mephist Paragon Support

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    Hello mwfanelli!
    Try to re-download the product and re-install it. There was a serious bug in 7.0.4 version. Write here about results...
     
  3. mwfanelli

    mwfanelli Registered Member

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    The NTFS for Mac product is currently at 7.0.3. That is what I downloaded and installed less than a week ago from the Paragon web store. There is no mention of a new version that I can find.
     
  4. Paragon_Tommy

    Paragon_Tommy Paragon Moderator

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    Connect to a PC, format using a PC, and that should work both ways.
    Right-click 'My Computer' > Manage > Disk Management > right-click the flash drive partition > format.
     
  5. mwfanelli

    mwfanelli Registered Member

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    Actually, that only works on an XP machine. Once formatted on the Mac, neither Vista nor Windows 7 can do anything with it. However, I was given good advice that allows the flash drive to be formatted on the Mac and read by a PC.

    The guy at the Genius Bar at the Apple store knew the answer right away: in Disk Utility, there is an "Options" button. Before formatting, press the button and choose the MS-DOS boot method rather than the default Mac GUID. You then format as usual.

    The default is to format in MS-DOS (or NTFS) but use Mac GUID. Dumb, but true. Changing this to the MS-DOS method makes all the flash drives readable in either MS-DOS or NTFS format on all PCs.

    You might want to put that in the README or something! It was painful to get this information.

    Thanks for trying guys!
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    Paragon_Tommy Paragon Moderator

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    Hello Mwfanelli,

    Thank you for that invaluable information. I'm sure many other users will find this helpful.
     
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