FAT NTFS driving me NUTZ

Do I have any Seagate’s employees here?

Niamah Tiu Fark Shit = NTFS I have wasted so much time because of one HDD. You see, I bought a HDD with 320 GB.

seagate HDD

So, step one, I plugged in the USB on my VISTA. Installation of driver begins immediately and back-up of my Vista commenced. Of course, I am only a regular user, so what do I know about MAC FAT and NTFS, right?

After I back-up my Vista, I transfer my HDD to my Mac and it says, not formatted. It asked if I want to re-format. So, I pun say ok cos I can use it on my Vista later on.

Then, reformatted, I could use the Wayback Machine on Mac. So, it was fun to finally get my Time Machine to work, right?

After that, I thought, aha, why not transfer some of my files from my Vista to the HDD?

That’s when I learned that my Vista no longer recognise the HDD and cannot detect it. So, I ranted on my FB status and someone told me about FAT and NTFS. Leon said, “well, windows can run on both, so if you need to use it on both sides, stick to FAT”

So, I meddled about but it won’t work. (yea, yea, I know how to format, partition, ok? You think I noob kah? I clever than your grandmother, wei)

Since we are buying a new desktop, I took my HDD to the computer shop and ask the lengjai to kautim for me.

I took it home and it won’t even work on BOTH Mac and Vista.

Therefore, I have been spending like several hours reading through Seagate’s troubleshooting, download the driver from the site again (because the driver had been erased when I format the thing) and I found the Seagate forum and read even further.

Doh…..why didn’t the cilaka Seagate gave a clearer instructions on their printed manual? It merely says “check Mac website bla bla bla”. They think I got all the time to do that meh? Niamah.

Imagine lah..someone as smart as me already kepala pusing with the chore of reading up on Seagate site, Mac site and other forums to find the solution. What more regular users who aren’t as panai as me? This Seagate thinks people cannot have two machines running opposing system meh? Yerrrr……why didn’t they think of this and give big warning on FAT and NTFS?

And this stupid Americans. Why lah must they have totally incompatible systems? Wait lah, one day when I conquer the world, I will make everything standardised. From squat toilets to right hand driving. And everyone must eat with their hands and can have sex only when I give them permission. Then, there will be no wastage of money in creating different things and there will be no over population. Muahaharrr…

Errmm…I think my brain needs reformatting too, please.

(P/S : If reading this makes you confused, imagine how confused you are if you are handed a piece of metal thing like the HDD to deal with? Since I am utterly tiu-ed, I told my hubby to buy my sons their own HDD. We just bought another one, an Acer one for RM159 for 250GB. Mine was RM266 for 320GB))

17 thoughts on “FAT NTFS driving me NUTZ

  1. Terence – Wei…that day you mentioned that road hor, before I forget to tell you, got lots of kais and ah kuas at night lah. You sure you got it right?

  2. for time machine to work, you’ll need to format it to HFS Journaled. It must have formatted to HFS when you format on the Mac, that’s why Vista couldn’t detect it.

    for it to work on both Mac and Windows, you’ll need to format it to Fat32.

  3. Hi Lilian,
    I don’t really know much about this.
    But you seem quite frustrated, so I thought I’ll just give u a “cyber hug” and erm, you can chia me makan when I go up for Penanti. 😉
    Can’t you just bring it to the guy you bought it from to sort it out?

  4. LcF is right, you need FAT to use the disk with Mac & Windows. Unfortunately Time Machine does not recognize FAT. Just my RM0.02.

  5. NTFS-based file system runs faster on a Windows PC. Unfortunately, FAT32 is still the more popular ones among other platform such as Apple or Sony PS3 🙁

  6. Thanks guys & Jed too for all the ideas. I think my conclusion is – Buy one HDD for Vista, one for Mac. Saves me all the headaches. Anyway, not like I have very important things in my PC so kaput also don’t care one.

    However, I wish Seagate has given clearer instructions on all these or at least make it more prominent on their printed manual. Not everyone knows what is FAT, NTFS and now KNS? Kanasai? LOL.

  7. Ha, ha, ha…..KNS….kanasai…good one, will tell all my “ang moh kui” friend to use that next time…..
    Hmmm, I thought it was a simple thing like right click on drive icon, select format, change filesystem to FAT32, then click OK and you are done. Not like that one meh?

  8. TO make everything standardised when you conquer the world? Hahaha… you sounds like Shi Huang Di! 😀

  9. Buy a cheapo NAS (Network attached storage) and plug into your wireless router LAN port. Now both Mac and vista can see the storage. Also save the time plug and unplug. (just remember to power on the NAS)

  10. haha..lilian, i expect you to be better in these.
    i recently bought 1TB ext hard drive. format and partition the whole drive wt my Mac into 2 partitions. One for Win (FAT) and one for Mac (HFS Journaled). I then reconnect the hard drive to PC and reformat just the partition it recognises to NTFS.

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  11. aiii… Mac + Vista…

    BTW, great minds think alike! I have the same Seagate HDD too. I dumped the Seagate software and treated my external HDD like a giant thumbdrive. Unfortunately, I formatted it to NTFS. Hopefully, my Linux machine can read the HDD too.

    Sorry if my comment give you headache…

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