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Ok so, I just switched over to using apple. I am using a macbook pro with 10.4 tiger...soon to be leopard . I want to use the external hard drive...
10-30-2008, 10:35 AM #1External Harddrive MAXTOR HELP PLEASE!
Ok so, I just switched over to using apple. I am using a macbook pro with 10.4 tiger...soon to be leopard . I want to use the external hard drive that i used with my PC, But the mac will not let me read or write to the hard drive. Or delete any of the programs off the hard drive. I assume i have to format this to make it compatible with mac? Can you help me and let me know what i need to do to accomplish this? thanks
10-30-2008, 10:42 AM #2
i dont think formatting is the key, but there is something that is happening that is not letting the mac read or write....hmmm....what format is the HDD in? NTFS?
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10-30-2008, 10:54 AM #3
Chances are your external HD is NTFS formatted (If formatted originally on your Windows machine). Macs like FAT32 and the Apple formatted drives. I use FAT32 so that I can use on both Windows and Mac without hassles. Usually though, you can read on NTFS, just not write. There is a program out for Macs that will help with NTFS, but cannot remember the name. Google NTFS Mac and see what comes up.
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10-30-2008, 11:22 AM #4
You should be able to at least read that NTFS partition.
Try this if you still want to keep that hard drive as a NTFS partition.
If you are not working with a lot of large files you should just format your drive as fat32Don't forget the Thanks if I helped
10-30-2008, 11:37 AM #5
Ok your right, Sorry I can read, but i cannot write to the drive. How is your experience with FAT32? I read that you cannot use all of the memory on the hard drive? It is a 500 gig NTFS hard drive. I want to be able to use all of the space...Thanks
I have about 200 gigs worth of music and movies. I don't have any really big single files, i think movies are about 800mb. These are my largest individual files
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10-30-2008, 11:59 AM #6
You should be fine with fat32 then. If I remember correctly, there is a 4gb file limit in fat32, so if you're not doing any video editing or anything requiring huge files then you should be good with fat32.
I use fat32 on one of my external drives when I need to share files with a windows box.Don't forget the Thanks if I helped
11-10-2008, 09:36 PM #7
03-03-2009, 10:10 PM #8
Yeah it should work if you format it to FAT.Good luck