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Hello All I have got a portable USB hard drive which was formatted using the windows NTFS file system. I have no problem reading from linux but i can only ...
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    portable hard disc - cross platform operation


    Hello All

    I have got a portable USB hard drive which was formatted using the windows NTFS file system. I have no problem reading from linux but i can only write from a windows platform.

    Can anyone suggest a way to make this hard drive readable and writable from any platform??

    I do plan to use this hard drive on a Mac in the near future and i need to be able to read and write from any platform.

    Thanks in advance
    IGGS

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    Which Linux distro do you have? most of Linux distros do not support NTFS write access out of box. install ntfs-3g package to enable NTFS write access.
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    Hello
    Im using Ubuntu
    The problem also exists when i try writing from a mac.

    is there a file system that will allow me to write to the disk regardless of which Os im using?

    cheers
    IGOR

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    FAT32 : Mac OS X, Linux and Windows support FAT32 read/write access out of box.

    NTFS :
    Linux -- install ntfs-3g to enable write access.
    MAC OS X ( 10.4 or later ) -- ntfs-3g is available for MAC too but Developer has abandoned it. No Bugs reported yet and you can give it a try. I never used it myself though.

    I would suggest you to use FAT32 only.
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