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Share FAT32 (and NTFS) partitions on a network
Authored by: wonkeythemonkey on Feb 19, '09 09:19:04AM
OS X (10.4 and 10.5; I don't know if previous versions did the same) don't share non-HFS partitions.

This isn't exactly true. I encountered this issue just this week, and the reality is that OS X can share FAT32 drives just fine, but it isn't so good at showing them. I have an internal FAT32 drive on my Mac Pro called STORAGE, and I have it shared through the standard Sharing Pref Panel. When I tried to access it from my wife's iMac, I was surprised to see that, though other folders showed up in the Finder's Network browser, that drive did not.

On a hunch, I opened the "Connect to Server" window and typed smb://myMacPro.local/STORAGE, and the shared drive opened right up.

My theory is that drives without AFP sharing enabled do not broadcast via Bonjour. Anyone have a better theory?

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Share FAT32 (and NTFS) partitions on a network
Authored by: mcmonky on Aug 24, '09 10:01:33AM

Brilliant! Thanks for this simple insights. I'm not sure if it was simply pointing at the drive or tweaking Samba, but the combo worked. I just got a Mac Mini to hook up to a Drobo 2.0 that I want to use as a home/office server. I bought the DroboShare, but it was slow and horrible (Firewire 400 bottleneck through USB). The drives in the Drobo formatted in Fat32 (the Drobo works around the size limitations of that format)l were not showing up. Clearly the issue is with Bonjour, as your solution worked perfectly both in XP and OS X. Good news is that it's fast and snappy. I tested 2 clients streaming movies and another doing iTunes and it had no issue with that.

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