I have a Windows XP machine with an external (NTFS) USB disk which I have shared. I'd like access to this from a Mac (running OS-X 10.2.8). If I use 'Connect to server...' to connect to the Windows machine, I only see the shared documents folder and not the shared external disk.
How can I set up the Mac to get access to this drive?

Edit - I've previously tried co connect the drive directly (which would be the preferred solution) but NTFS seems to require a later version of OS-X. Have also tried formatting as FAT32.

It might well be that the only sensible solution it to upgrade the OS...

  • If you browse to the xp machine from it's own network neighborhood in explorer can you see the share? – Col Sep 19 '09 at 15:43
  • Yep, can see it from Windows as '\\computername\External Disk' – pelms Sep 19 '09 at 16:31
  • Try "connect to server" using that drive path. – Troggy Sep 19 '09 at 16:50
  • No luck with smb://computername/sharename – pelms Sep 19 '09 at 23:33

ntfs-3g works great (aka: just put the usbstick into your mac)

  • Unfortunately NTFS-3G needs a minimum of OS-X 10.4 – pelms Sep 19 '09 at 16:28
  • ntfosx only gives read only access unfortunately and hasn't been touched since 2003. The readme is a bit worrying: "This is a pre-release version... All kinds of nasty things could happen including... file system corruption..." – pelms Sep 19 '09 at 23:47

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