I have a late-2008 MacBook running Yosemite with 2GB of RAM. For years I have had two external hard drives, one for my Surface Pro 2, and one for this Mac, or so I thought. But after plugging my Mac hard drive into my PC to look at the file list, I found that I could no longer mount the hard drive on my Mac (?!). All the files are still there, accessible and editable on my PC. This seems like witchcraft, but I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. [more inside]
I accidentally deleted the System Volume Information folder in an external NTFS formatted drive. Today after a reboot to install updates windows 7 automatically ran chkdsk, which flipped over the table in rage. Specifically, it did the following for thousands of files generated on linux with names it considers invalid: [more inside]
How to create a hard link or symbolic link pointing from a folder on NTFS C:\ to a folder on FAT32 USB SD card? [more inside]
Never thought I would be posting a question along these lines, but here we go. So I had an external hard disk with two partitions. One NTFS and one HFS+. The NTFS partition was empty. I wanted to use the NTFS partition with Time Machine so I used Disk Utility to reformat it HFS+. When the format had completed, yes, the NTFS partition was now HFS+ BUT the other partition had disappeared. When I looked at it in disk utility it had a name like "disk32s". [more inside]
and that worked just great...only it did something to the other partition which has caused it not to mount, to refer to itself as disk3s5. It refuses to mount and if I click "verify disk" it says the disk needs to be repaired and to click repair disk. When I do so I get "disk utility can't repair the disk". So what on Earth did disk utility do to the other partition which I did not ask it to touch? The original job was completed because the file system of the other partition was NTFS and it's now MacOS Extended. Any ideas?
I would like to harvest file-system activity from my operating system on an ongoing basis so that in the future I can look back on the data to see what files I was working on at a given time. I'm using windows 7. Basically something like the web history in a browser, but for my local files and applications. [more inside]
I have a 1TB external hard drive that I want to use with Linux, Mac & Windows 7. What filesystem should I format it with? [more inside]
I have an external drive, formatted for Mac, that needs a scheduled back-up in a Windows 7 environment (or some other solution). [more inside]
What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive? [more inside]
I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
Why won't a 5 gig .avi file fit on my empty 8 gig thumb drive? [more inside]
What is the most inter-operable file system that can handled files larger then 4GB? (i.e. DVD iso files at 4.7GB or uncompressed AVI that are larger then 4GB.) Best would be something that Windows XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu/other linux flavors, and Mac could all read and write. [more inside]
My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
I'm a few weeks away from rebuilding my PC with Windows 7 and need help understanding how to deal with NTFS permissions. [more inside]
One of my servers needs more space, but due to several reasons I can't add space directly to the server... [more inside]
Is there any speed advantage to partitioning a 1 TB hard drive? I plan on using it as an NTFS drive in Windows XP SP3. It's primary purpose will be mass storage for my pictures and media so it will be read a lot. My OS and Program Files reside on another physical drive.
FileSystemHelp: I really messed up while installing Windows 7. I wasn't paying attention and marked my secondary drive for deletion (clicked on the drive, clicked delete). I then realized that this was my 1TB drive, with all of my files and pictures on it. [more inside]
I have a 300gb SATA drive, NTFS formatted, that has most of my movies & music on it. After a lengthy move and installing a new operating system on a different drive, it's done something I never have seen before: about half the files on the disk point to some random location of the disk, so movie files go to the middle of MP3s, MP3s go to random places in entirely unrelated MP3s, etc. It's a massive mess. I ran the NTFS repair utility (without doing a backup, stupid) and it only had the effect of setting about half of the affected files' sizes to zero. I'm fairly sure at this point it's a lost cause, and I'll save what I can & reformat, but has anyone run into this problem before? Is there some magical way out? What on earth could have caused it?
Is it possible to convert an external drive that is FAT32 to NTFS on Windows Vista without any data loss on the drive?
I've heard many different explanations about how to unplug drives in Windows XP. Some insist on using the removal tool and others just yank it out. So actually i have a matter of questions which i hope someone with the proper expertise can answer. [more inside]
A relative's Windows XP (NTFS) machine was accidentally reinstalled from a recovery partition. We need to recover as much as possible from this reformatted disk. [more inside]
I am currently attempting to migrate files from an NT 4.0 file server to a NetApp filer appliance. Our current copy process (using Robocopy) will replace the target permissions with the source permissions. We would prefer to merge source permissions with target permissions, leaving any differing target permissions intact. [more inside]
I've got about 200 GB of files on my old Mac that I need to put on my shiny new Vista-running laptop. I've got a 300 GB USB drive. This should be easy... [more inside]
In NTFS if you have a file at the bottom of a directory tree like c:\a\b\c\d\file.txt and the file is modified (thereby changing the time/date stamp on the file) is there some way of detecting that by looking at information (err metadata?) in the folder node itself - in other words does NTFS flag a folder as containing items that have changed. Because right now it seems like the timestamp for d\ is fixed at the time it was first created and does not change when its contents change. We want to write a program that will let us know that we should look in some folder because it knows something changed in there. we want to have to avoid drilling down and looking at the files because there are jazillions of them. [more inside]
First time with formatting partitions or installing linux. [more inside]
Networkfilter: I have a NTFS volume mounted on my OS X Server box. I'd like to access it over the net using AFP. It's not showing up as an available AFP share. What gives? [more inside]
It appears that chkdsk has corrupted some of my files. How can I stop this happening? [more inside]
I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
How do I connect my NTFS hard drive to my new mac? [more inside]
Why does my hard drive keep losing it's file system and switching from NTFS to RAW? [more inside]
How do I change Extended File Attributes (also known as NTFS File Attributes) like Title, other than one at a time? [more inside]
I accidentally formatted my NTFS drive with HFS and wrote some data on it. Now how do I recover whatever is left? >>>Any filesystem experts around here? [more inside]
An unlucky series of partition moves, copies and resizes has led to GPartEd saying my NTFS partition is one size, but windows thinking it's another. What the Christ? Seemingly impossible screenshots and [more inside]
Some music copied from an Mac drive to a Windows drive doesn't load in iTunes on Windows XP. [more inside]
I just bought my first Mac and I keep finding conflicting reports when it comes to file systems. All of my music and photos are on an external drive, formatted NTFS. Will OS X be able to read/write to it, or will I have to backup the files and reformat? I still need to be able to connect the external HD to a PC on occasion, but it will primarily be used with the Mac. Thanks in advance!
Is it possible for Windows 2000/XP (or more properly, an NTFS disk volume) to "collapse" under the weight of too many files? [more inside]
I’ve got a new 400gb drive heading my way, plus a free copy of Vista. What is the best way to rebuild my system, with XP, Vista sharing files etc. with maybe a little Ubuntu thrown in? There’s [more inside]
How can I reuse a Windows hard drive as an external Mac hard drive without losing my data? [more inside]
Could turning on hard drive compression actually speed up access on my laptop? [more inside]
Please help me recover my hosed NTFS partition(s). [more inside]
Please help get my files inaccessible accessible so I can work on the train tomorrow! [more inside]
While trying to install Ubuntu Linux, I used their installer's included partitioner(gparted) to try to resize my NTFS windows XP partition. In doing so I ran afoul of this bug. [more inside]
Big help needed, Windows corrupted most of my NTFS disk... [more inside]
I reinstalled Windows and now I can't access my encrypted files on my NTFS external drive... [more inside]
I've searched Apple Forum, iPod Lounge, and others, yet have not been able to get a satisfactory answer. I need a plan, a strategy if you will, concerning iTunes for Windows on my Toshiba, iTunes for Mac on my iBook, an NTFS formatted external drive, and an iPod...too many elements. [more inside]
I just received a new Acer laptop. The hard drive is 100GB, but it arrived divided into two partitions. According to the Windows XP Professional disk management window, the drive is divided as follows ... [more inside]
Anyone know of a way to backup/restore the $Secure metadata file in NTFS? Preferably something that wouldn't require a full backup/restore of the entire file system?
WindowsXPsupportfilter: Wow. My hard drive is all kind of messed up. Looking for a program that will reconstruct an NTFS file partition. (more inside) [more inside]
Why will Windows only let me format a hard drive to half its capacity? [MI] [more inside]
I'm a Mac head formatting a partition on my Windows 2000 Prof box - What's the difference between NTFS and Fat32? Which should I choose?