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Old 08-28-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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I have an internal Maxtor 300gig drive. I'm running XP on a home network and sharing drives with other machines on my network. MAC and windows. I want to create a partition for my media to be be shared on the network. How should I do it?

FAT or NTFS??
PRIMARY or EXPANDED
Allocation Unit Size?

I have a large media library and need all machines to be able to share this library at once. This particular XP machine is acting as a server for the rest of the network. Thank you in advance.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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Shouldn't matter. Since the other computers are going to access the data over the network and not accessing the drive directly, it doesn't matter about the file system characteristics of the drive.

Here's an analogy: you download files over the internet all the time. Does it matter if they're from an OS X, BSD, Linux, or Windows machine? And does it matter if the file was on a FAT, FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, UFS, NFS, ZFS, or whatever else other file system they were originally on?

Now if you want to plug the drive into another computer on the network at some point, you'll need to use a compatible file system. Only problem I see is Mac - I think they only have read-only support for NTFS.

P.S: You're only going to be able to format in NTFS, since formatting in FAT32 for partitions > 32GB is not available in Windows 2000/XP/Vista, and 128GB is the max partition size for FAT32.
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