I use a 128GB flash drive to move my work between several PCs (all win XP sp3) and a Mac with OSX 10.6. The drive is formatted as NTFS, the Mac uses the Paragon NTFS driver for read/write access. Here's what happened:
- Mac scanned through the whole flash drive and added its metadata to every file and directory.
- My windows computers where I am the administrator, do not see this metadata in any way.
- My windows computer in my client's office, where I do not have any admin rights, and which probably has some enhanced security imposed by IT, started to see the whole drive and all files on it as "read only".
- Any other flash drives (FAT32), which I use on that office machine allow read/write access with no problems - so this looks as some interaction of that machine's security policies with what the Mac has added.
If I simply copy the files from the affected NTFS drive to any other drive, Windows says "there is :Mac_Metadata:$DATA attached to this file, if you continue to copy, it will be lost". And when I continue to copy - the resulting copied file has no restricting attributes at all.
So the question: Why is this happening and How to tell the Mac to stop adding such metadata to flash drives?