Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another stupid network hard disk question

I've been looking at the cheaper network hard disk boxes and all of them seem to be FAT32 only, not NTFS, which as far as I can tell means that there is a maximum partition size of 32gb without special software. I know that there are third party utilities for PCs that can format FAT32 hard disks to larger sizes, but will a disk formatted that way be readable from the mac, or across a network? If not, why are they advertising them as a useful storage solution?

The one that appeals if I could afford it is the Netgear Storage Central box, which comes with 2 x seagate 250gb for £180 inc VAT (in the current Misco flyer), or without drives for £70, and can allegedly hold up to 2 x 800gb. Anyone know how that one formats its disks? It's some sort of RAID controller, that's all I know. They don't say it's Mac compatible, though it's hard to imagine how it wouldn't be accessible since it's a network drive.

Apologies for wasting everyone's time with this, but I'm anxious to avoid mistakes.

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