Originally Posted by DaveFi
Ah, nevermind, I managed to log in with Smart-FTP from Vista. Now how do I see my other SATA drive? I can only currently see the smaller IDE drive OS X is installed on.
Also, as far as formatting, is Extended or Journaled better for a big 500Gb SATA drive? I have the drive formated as extended.
You need to check your privileges for the SATA drive (select drive, do a Get Info, and check the permissions to make sure they are set to allow access from the account you set up.
For the formatting, extended is fine, though journaled is the default. Journaled adds a little overhead, but is more robust. There is debate about the downside of using journaled. But as a simple drive to store video, it should be fine to use journaled. It mostly is folks who use a drive for digitizing that don't like to use journaling, as it slows down the drive ever so slightly, and adds some overhead for transactions.
Dave, while it is fine to use XP and ftp to push the files to the Mac, I think that as you get more familiar with the two, that you will want to pull the files from XP via the Macs built in file sharing method. I think that you will find people more proficient in Windows advising you to use methods that they are more familiar with, while those of us who are Mac-centric will use Mac methods that we are familiar with. I set up and admin many networks with both OS X and XP, and I find that is easier to just enable file sharing on the PC, and set the directories you want access to, and then get to them through the Mac's file sharing routine. Systems set up this way usually find the operator at the Mac not having to interact with the Windows machine from the screen--only through file sharing. I set it up with an alias, so it is a one-click, enter account and password, and the Windows volume or share point shows up on the Mac deskktop in the familiar Mac Finder window. Then just drag and drop (you can move files both ways, too).
Take your time getting used to the new environment. But I'm sure you will gain an appreciation for the Apple way. Most people do who switch. But as you have already discovered, there are many ways to do things.