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Sharing files across platforms

As earlier reported I had some problems with my external usb disk under OS X. (just did not automount my extra large partition). In the end I did a backup of all the data and reformated my former FAT32 volume with HFS+. Then copied everything back. *sigh* Having all the data on a non-journaled filesystem did not feel good anyway …so in the end it was worth the effort. Although I have to say I was a bit surprised (disappointed?) that OS X does not support ext2/3 filesystems out-of-the-box. On my investigations I came across the following links. But be aware – I haven’t tried a single one just yet.

ext2/3 drivers for Windows:
free http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm
free http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd
pay http://www.partition-manager.com/n_ext2fs_main.htm

ext2/3 drivers for OS X:
free http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsx

ntfs drivers for Linux:
pay http://www.mount-everything.com
free http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net
free http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive

hfs/hfs+ for Windows:
pay http://macdrive.com/products/macdrive6

  • Thank you truly for this. I was unable to find a crossover applications for my 300gig ntfs drive and to backup all my data on 50 dvd's wasent an option. Il be able to finaly use linux and il make sure to bookmark your blog. Thanks.

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