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    Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    I have a situation and would like the advice of any computer geeks/nerds out there.

    At work, we ordered a Seagate Free Agent external hard drive, for a lab member to be able to store her data on her Mac laptop. She wishes especially to access data that is currently on a computer running Linux.

    So my question is, is it possible to set up the hard drive so that she can plug it into Linux computer, transfer files onto it, unplug it from the computer, replug it into her Macintosh and access the files?

    If not, are there any other suggestions you guys have to get the data off the Linux computer and onto the Mac (that isn't very complicated)?

    Thanks in advance...



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    I know very little about Macs but I assume since their OS is based on Linux that they use the same file system format. If this assumption is correct there should be nothing you have to do other than format the external drive to the correct format.



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Yeah, I'd assume the file systems are the same so shouldn't be too challenging.


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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Leaving it FAT32 will work fine for Linux, Mac, and Windows to all use.



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    I'm not experienced enough with OS X to know what sort of file format or partitioning scheme is being used so I'm not sure about plugging it in to the linux box and then into the mac. But, an alternative is to ftp all the data to an ftp site and then ftp it down to her mac. This would be very easy assuming you have an ftp server you can upload and download from. (this could be slow depending on how much data there is and what the connection speed is to the ftp site) .



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ames View Post
    Leaving it FAT32 will work fine for Linux, Mac, and Windows to all use.
    I think this is correct but doesn't FAT32 have a file size limit (4GB?)?



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I think this is correct but doesn't FAT32 have a file size limit (4GB?)?
    2 terabyte drive limit. 4 gigabyte file size limit.


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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I think this is correct but doesn't FAT32 have a file size limit (4GB?)?
    You can't have a single file greater than 4GB. The disk size doesn't have that limit though; just no single file greater than 4GB.



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Sounds like if she doesn't have any files larger than 4GB or a disk larger than 2 terabytes you should just format it to FAT32. She'll be able to use it with Windows too.



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Wow, thanks for the help so far. I really know next to nothing about Linux and my knowledge of Macs is shaky (not bad, but I always forget what to do in certain situations when compared to Windows). I'm not bad with computers, and am somewhat comfortable with the whole command prompt thing if I'm

    Anyway, so let's say we format the hard drive to work on Mac. I'm currently assuming it's an NTFS before formatting. Can I leave it as a Mac formatted NTFS drive and plug it in to the Linux to try it out? Or would it need to be FAT32? I don't know how large the files she's transferring are going to be, but don't think they'll surpass 4gb/file or whatever the limit is.

    Also, how, exactly do I access a hard drive on Linux? We can see it, but trying to open it gives us an error regarding incompatibility with kernels. Or something.

    EDIT: Actually, the error says that ft NTFS is not compatible with the kernel. Thus, I assume I'll need to format it to FAT32?

    EDIT EDIT: I was confirming the error, but looks like part of this post has been answered. I'll try formatting it to FAT32.



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Oh, I left out an incredibly crucial piece of info... the external is a 1TB drive... I know that there are upper limits for FAT32 with regard to formatting from NTFS to FAT32.



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    Re: Computer help? Linux and Mac related.

    Quote Originally Posted by edr247 View Post
    Oh, I left out an incredibly crucial piece of info... the external is a 1TB drive... I know that there are upper limits for FAT32 with regard to formatting from NTFS to FAT32.
    That will be fine. As posted, 2 terabytes is the limit for FAT32.


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