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    Hi,

    with the help of nitoTV I've managed to enable USB and sucessfully get an external USB hard drive (NTFS formatted) mounted - but it keeps getting mounted read-only

    Is there any way to get it to mount read-write ?

    It would be really nice to be able to manage this via ftp, rename with XBMC, ...

    thanks



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    it is not recommended to use any format drive with an AppleTV that isn't HFS+. NTFS by default is always read-only with mac and requires extra components (that cost money and are pretty shoddy) to get read-write working.

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    thanks

    I was hoping that someone had already integrated something like ntfs-3g with the AppleTV

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    i think its possible to get working but works very poorly from what i've heard. youd be much better off formatting a drive as HFS+

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    thanks - too bad

    I need to stay with NTFS in order to easily plug the USB HDD to the Windows laptop

    I guess I'll live with readonly on the ATV for now and mid-term build me a large NAS server and use CIFS/NFS

    thanks
    P.S.: Doesnt 10.6 natively support NTFS read-write? any chance to getting the relevant kexts from there ?


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    Guys, you seem to be missing what's truly going on here. NTFS is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft. The only ability that any other OS has to read this came from reverse engineering the file system. Write support has been dangerous for years since not every part of the FS was fully understood It had the potential (and did in earlier incarnations) of destroying the file system if allowed to write to it. If the specs were released, it would be a different story, but they are not.

    Plain and simple: Don't use NTFS! Just forget it. You're better off with FAT32 (if you need to maintain compatibility with windows OSs), or HFS+ (which, I should add, unlike NTFS, is documented so others can implement it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ral67 View Post
    thanks - too bad

    I need to stay with NTFS in order to easily plug the USB HDD to the Windows laptop

    I guess I'll live with readonly on the ATV for now and mid-term build me a large NAS server and use CIFS/NFS

    thanks
    P.S.: Doesnt 10.6 natively support NTFS read-write? any chance to getting the relevant kexts from there ?
    kexts aren't cross compatible, only tiger kexts will ever work on the appletv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ral67 View Post
    I need to stay with NTFS in order to easily plug the USB HDD to the Windows laptop
    This is completely wrong. Windows still supports FAT32 and will continue to do so for a long time.

    Windows deliberately does not support formatting disks larger than 32GB as FAT32 but this is not a technical limitation. You can partition and format with 3rd party tools on windows, or on Linux. Once the disk is formatted, you can happily use it with Windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by gbooker View Post
    Guys, you seem to be missing what's truly going on here. NTFS is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft. The only ability that any other OS has to read this came from reverse engineering the file system. Write support has been dangerous for years since not every part of the FS was fully understood It had the potential (and did in earlier incarnations) of destroying the file system if allowed to write to it. If the specs were released, it would be a different story, but they are not.

    Plain and simple: Don't use NTFS! Just forget it. You're better off with FAT32 (if you need to maintain compatibility with windows OSs), or HFS+ (which, I should add, unlike NTFS, is documented so others can implement it).
    Completely agree with this, i have tried MacFuse/NTFS on Tiger and while it worked for a while, I ended up with problems.
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