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Ian Hamilton
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Protools and External Harddisk
      #709359 - 19/02/09 06:08 PM
Just switched over to ver 7.4 on a mac, and now I can't open, play or record onto a external USB drive. Protools forces me to copy session onto an internal drive before opening, playing or recording. Now it says I could try to modify drive in my workspace to a play/record drive but this doesn't work.

I've tried three different LaCie drives of different sizes and heritage and none work. All are read/write access if I Apple+i them in finder. Two were formatted on a MAC and one on a PC, all are NTFS.

I used to be able to read and record to an external usb drive in ver 6.9 on PC..

What am I missing?


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Eric Dannewitz



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Re: Protools and External Harddisk new [Re: Ian Hamilton]
      #709398 - 19/02/09 09:25 PM
Quote Peter Dakin:

Just switched over to ver 7.4 on a mac, and now I can't open, play or record onto a external USB drive. Protools forces me to copy session onto an internal drive before opening, playing or recording. Now it says I could try to modify drive in my workspace to a play/record drive but this doesn't work.

I've tried three different LaCie drives of different sizes and heritage and none work. All are read/write access if I Apple+i them in finder. Two were formatted on a MAC and one on a PC, all are NTFS.

I used to be able to read and record to an external usb drive in ver 6.9 on PC..

What am I missing?




NTFS. Macs cannot write to NTFS drives (well, they can using some third party thingy).

So, to use PT on the Mac, you need to use a session on a Mac formatted drive.


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Jack Ruston



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Re: Protools and External Harddisk new [Re: Ian Hamilton]
      #709408 - 19/02/09 10:11 PM
Yes...This is still the fundamental barrier to cross platform work between mac and pc. There's nothing worse than going to the session with your hard drive and finding that it doesn't work. This is the reason that no commercial rooms can run PT on PC's, even though there's nothing wrong with it whatsoever. It's just too much of a pain when the drives from every other studio can't be read.

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Ian Hamilton
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Re: Protools and External Harddisk new [Re: Jack Ruston]
      #709422 - 19/02/09 11:19 PM
I lied, actually my new 1T drive is formatted in MS-Dos(fat32) though it is partitioned. PC didn't have a problem with partitioned drive though..


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Eric Dannewitz



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Re: Protools and External Harddisk new [Re: Ian Hamilton]
      #709452 - 20/02/09 03:02 AM
Quote Peter Dakin:

I lied, actually my new 1T drive is formatted in MS-Dos(fat32) though it is partitioned. PC didn't have a problem with partitioned drive though..




Though Macs can read and write to FAT32 disks, ProTools needs to be on HTFS+ (Mac formatted drives). I believe that is in the Digi documentation as well.


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Re: Protools and External Harddisk new [Re: Eric Dannewitz]
      #709505 - 20/02/09 10:50 AM
yeah I saw last night that protools require a macos format.
Now I just need to try and get my bloody drive to format! I can only format in ms-dos, I get an error message when I try to format it in any mac-os extended format.
Time to scour LaCie


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