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How to read/write data between windows and mac

Hi does anyone know of any open source software that I can load on to my windows based pc so I can read write data to my MAC formated usb 2TB harddisk?

I have just brought my first PowerBook and I am complety out of my comfort zone.

Cheers

Si
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
By open source, you mean free I assume, MacDrive is not free but has a trial available.

You can also format your hard disk on your Mac with disk utility as a 'DOS' file system which will format it as FAT32 that your Windows PC can read just fine. Limiting single file size to about 4Gb.
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ded9Commented:
There are lots of hacks available but i wont recommend it...you can get these tips and tricks on youtube...do a search on youtube.

What i would recommend is a paid program tuxerantfs

www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac




Ded9
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Kenmcse1969Commented:
If you look at the forums, this is a more preferred software brand.

http://www.mediafour.com/products/ 
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strungCommented:
Ded, I believe Tuxera allows a Mac to write to a Windows formatted NTFS partition. What Cybersi wants to do is the opposite. He wants his PC to read from and write to a Mac formatted drive. To do that he needs MacDrive as suggested by Gerwin.

Formatting the external to a Windows format may cause problems if, for instance, he is using the external for Time Machine backups.
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ded9Commented:
@strung: You are right...my bad got confused.



Ded9
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Michael_MCDSTCommented:
Only to confirm Gerwins advice, I use MacDrive and it performs the function desired perfectly
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noxchoCommented:
There are two drivers written by Paragon: HFS for Windows and NTFS for MacOSX. The do provide full read/write compatibility between Mac and Windows.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/
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cybersiAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for all your help but I think formating to fat32 is probably the best until NTFS is supported by mac.
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