My question is one of confusion. All over the internet I have seen people looking for the ability to use a Mac to write to NTFS, or people formatting drives to FAT32 so that their Mac can share a storage drive with a PC.
I am experiencing the opposite effect.
I recently hooked up a Western Digital (WD) My Book 3 Terabyte drive to my network. I connected both my PC and my Macbook Pro to it. The Mac put a bunch of hidden folders on the drive, and my PC added it's own shared files. The drive, from the perspective of the PC says the drive file format is NTFS. I am able to access the shared drive as a Guest, from my Mac, and I can view all the files, add files (I added a picture) and pull music off the drive, and play it.
I don't have a problem with this, but I'm wondering how this is possible?
I have made 1 attempt to back-up on the network drive using Time Machine. It was too slow over the wi-fi so I canceled, but it didn't come up with any pop-ups that said the back-up was failing.
Because it's a network drive, is there some kind of conversion going on? I haven't installed any programs to write to NTFS on my Mac.
I would also like to know if I am damaging the Network drive in any way by using both the MAC and PC on it.
Note: My MacBook Pro does not see the Network drive as a Hard Drive, and I cannot use the Disc Utility to format it. It only sees it as a shared drive in the Network.