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Paragon NTFS for IOS

Soton
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Paragon NTFS for IOS

 Hi all

 

I am new to Netgear routers and have just purchased a Nighthawk X6 R8000 router to connect to a Virgin super hub to try to eliminate the super hubs short falls

Now I have the nighthawk I want to use it to its full potential for my needs. 
Our household uses mainly macs and iPhones and iPads but I want to connect a good sized hard drive to the router for back ups and so friends and family with Windows can access files etc, I see Exfat is not supported by the Netgear nighthawk so this may pose a problem with large files if I were forced to use Fat32, what my thoughts are is to format the hard drive to NTFS and use Paragon NTFS for OX S for my Mac, that way me being the big Khulna who set it up I can edit anything, but what  I would really like to  to do is also to be able to pick up a iOS device and edit files on the connected  hard drive using my phone or iPad, it seems that Paragon NTFS for IOS is not available so I'm stuck with just editing using my Mac 
Hers the question, any ideas how a NTSF formatted hard drive can be used by iOS devices to edit files? 

It's a bit long winded question but I'm hopeful it's clear what I want to achieve 

 

Thanks in advance 

 

 

 

 

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Soton
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Re: Paragon NTFS for IOS

Okay thanks, I think I got that round the wrong way in my head.

So I will format the drive to what best suits my needs that the router can handle, Great thanks

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antinode
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Re: Paragon NTFS for IOS

> [...] what my thoughts are is to format the hard drive to NTFS and use
> Paragon NTFS for OX S for my Mac, [...]

 

   The NTFS-on-disk part of that makes some sense.  (Netgear claims to
support that.)

 

   I suspect that you're working too hard.  A client system like your
Mac has very little interest in the file system on the shared volume.
Your Mac (or other client device) does not deal directly with the remote
storage device; it deals directly with the file-sharing software
("samba", I'd guess) which runs on the file server (the router, in this
case).

 

   When you "Connect to Server..." in your Finder, and specify
"smb://<your_router>", then you'll be dealing with the router's
file-sharing software using the SMB protocol.  (Or,
"afp://<your_router>" to use Apple Filing Protocol.)  What's actually on
the disk (or other storage volume) is largely invisible to the client.

   File-system software like "Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon
Software" is useful for a _locally_connected_ NTFS volume, not for a
remote shared NTFS volume.

 

      https://www.paragon-software.com/us/home/ntfs-mac/

 

> [...] any ideas how a NTSF formatted hard drive can be used by iOS
> devices to edit files?

 

   I don't know how to do anything with files, local or remote, on an
iOS system.  But if I did, and if the files were on some remote server
(like my router), then I wouldn't worry about any file-system software
for iOS.  (Only file-sharing software.)

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Soton
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Re: Paragon NTFS for IOS

Thanks for the help, so basically I am over thinking it, if I formatted the disk to APFS the windows users will still have completed access to edit files etc 

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antinode
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> [...] if I formatted the disk to APFS the windows users will still
> have completed access to edit files etc

 

   Or no one would.  See:

 

      https://kb.netgear.com/24059

 

   I don't see APFS in that list.  Again, if you're connecting a storage
device (like a USB-connected disk) to some computer (like the one in
your router), then the file-system software/firmware _on_that_computer_
(your router) needs to deal with the actual file system on the storage
device.

 

> Your Mac (or other client device) does not deal directly with the remote
> storage device; it deals directly with the file-sharing software
> ("samba", I'd guess) which runs on the file server (the router, in this
> case).

 

   Still true.


   In general, I'd expect Netgear to support NTFS better than any
Apple-specific file system.

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Soton
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Re: Paragon NTFS for IOS

Okay thanks, I think I got that round the wrong way in my head.

So I will format the drive to what best suits my needs that the router can handle, Great thanks

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