Final Cut w/ FAT32 drive save issues
The people at my work just purchased 8 SimpleTech external hard drives. We do both computer programming and production of DVDs, flash movies, etc. so we use a combination of Macs and PCs. The drives came formatted as NTFS drives, which cannot be written (although they can be read) by the Macs (which are running OS X: Panther). Ideally, they would like to be able to use the drives for both types of systems. I formatted the drives into the FAT32 file format, since that format can be both read and written to by either type of system (and *nix as well). However, when Final Cut attempts to save to the external drive, the files come out empty (0kb). All other programs (at least all others I've tested) are able to write to the drive without an issue, and some of the scratch files Final Cut creates are present and non-empty on the drive. I've been unable to find any information about a similar problem on Apple's website or through Google. I do know, however, that this same issue has been encountered with other Macs in the Digital Arts lab of my university. It seems to occur when the file system of the drive is different from the file system on which Final Cut resides. Has anyone else encountered this issue, and if so, is there a patch available? My assumption is that the issue is with the Final Cut software and not with the drive or operating system (since other programs function as expected). Any help, including an educated guess, would be greatly appreciated.