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01-22-2010, 02:02 PM
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01-22-2010, 03:15 PM
One root of the issue is that Microsoft's older FAT file system became a standard but didn't generate them revenue. They decided to keep tighter control of NTFS. Where as FAT was widely implemented basically with impunity, NTFS they have jealously guarded.
The result is that there are far fewer folks implementing it and the implementations tend to be royalty laden, or under the radar projects that Microsoft doesn't bother to crack down on. Add to that that NTFS is more complex and overkill for simple applications like camera storage. The smaller implementation community means the quality/reliability suffers.
That's just for non Microsoft products accessing NTFS directly.
If you have a Microsoft product accessing NTFS, and it brokers it to the network, its a whole different story. The common network file sharing schemes are widely supported and reliable. So if you have a Microsoft product dealing with NTFS, and then that product offers it over the network via SMB or webDAV etc. then other clients like OSX and linux can use it just fine.
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01-22-2010, 06:26 PM
There are products you can buy for OS X that will allow read and write of NTFS partitions - as Akki says, some are better than others (so I have heard, I have not used any myself.)
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01-22-2010, 08:11 PM
I have found that NTFS-3G works well with NTFS partitions on my USB drives though I have had problems formatting them from OS X so I create them on a Windows machine.
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