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WilliamBos
Apr 17, 2011, 07:15 PM
Hi All,

I just got a new Mac Mini, 500GB, 4GB RAM, and waant to know how to reformat my HP 1TB HDD??

First, I need to know how to transfer the data on it (under 100GB) on to my Mini?? The drive is NTFS right now, so I need to transfer it, reformat it, and then trtansfer it back??

Once it is formatted to FAT#@, can a Vista Notebook still do back ups on it??

Or should I just transfer the data, and buy a new external HDD?? They are not too expensive.



simsaladimbamba
Apr 17, 2011, 07:20 PM
To get data from the external HDD, connect it to the Mac mini and use Finder to copy the files to your Mac mini. Mac OS X can read NTFS formatted volumes.
To format the HDD use Disk Utility.

Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilformat.htm)
Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility (http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilitypart.htm)

Using Disk Utility - Formatting, Partitioning, Verifying, and Repairing Disks (http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/DU.html)

FAT32 (File Allocation Table)

Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
Maximum file size: 4GB.
Maximum volume size: 2TB

NTFS (Windows NT File System)

Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html) (free)
Some have reported problems using Tuxera (http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/) (approx 33USD).
Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
Maximum file size: 16 TB
Maximum volume size: 256TB

HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)

Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
Required for Time Machine (http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/time-machine.html) or Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) backups of Mac internal hard drive.
To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive (http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/)
To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer (http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html)
Maximum file size: 8EiB
Maximum volume size: 8EiB

exFAT (FAT64)

Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfat#Disadvantages).
exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT)
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
Maximum file size: 16 EiB
Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB

WilliamBos
Apr 17, 2011, 07:40 PM
To get data from the external HDD, connect it to the Mac mini and use Finder to copy the files to your Mac mini. Mac OS X can read NTFS formatted volumes.
To format the HDD use Disk Utility.

Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilformat.htm)
Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility (http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilitypart.htm)

Using Disk Utility - Formatting, Partitioning, Verifying, and Repairing Disks (http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/DU.html)


If I right click on the HD, and click 'duplicate', does that copy it to the Mac HD??

simsaladimbamba
Apr 17, 2011, 07:45 PM
If I right click on the HD, and click 'duplicate', does that copy it to the Mac HD??

It may, I never tried it that way. Why not just simply drag and drop via Finder?


Helpful Information for Any Mac User (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9848667&postcount=6) by GGJstudios (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=186377)

And please, use the standard font for your posts, the font and colour you chose makes your posts a bit harder to read.

WilliamBos
Apr 17, 2011, 07:47 PM
It may, I never tried it that way. Why not just simply drag and drop via Finder?


Helpful Information for Any Mac User (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9848667&postcount=6) by GGJstudios (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=186377)

And please, use the standard font for your posts, the font and colour you chose makes your posts a bit harder to read.

Is finder just the desk top?? Sorry, life long PC user here.

So far, the right click is working...

simsaladimbamba
Apr 17, 2011, 07:55 PM
Is finder just the desk top?? Sorry, life long PC user here.

So far, the right click is working...

Dock + Finder (with video) (http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/dock-and-finder.html)

Using the Finder on Your Mac (http://macs.about.com/od/switchersnewusers/tp/finderhub.htm)

Mac 101: The Finder (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2470)

WilliamBos
Apr 17, 2011, 08:18 PM
Dock + Finder (with video) (http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/dock-and-finder.html)

Using the Finder on Your Mac (http://macs.about.com/od/switchersnewusers/tp/finderhub.htm)

Mac 101: The Finder (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2470)

Thanks... Mine :)

http://http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3737