|Apr 10, 2012, 05:01 PM||#1|
External Hard Drive Win/Mac Compatibility
I'm currently using a Windows PC and I'm thinking about buying a Mac in a few months--my first Mac ever, actually so I have this kinda dumb question that I'm hoping somebody here can answer me.
I have a WD My Passport external HDD (1 TB) that it's compatible with Mac software (it says so in the box) but I hear that in order to use it with Mac I'll have to 'reformat' it (not sure what's the English word for this, sorry) but my question is: do I have to 'reformat' it even to read the files that are inside or that's just necessary if I want to store new files in it? In conclusion: if I have this external HDD almost full of different files (music, movies, Word documents, etc.) will I be able to use them/copy them from my Mac even tho the HDD is formated for Windows?
Thanks a lot in advance.
|Apr 10, 2012, 05:02 PM||#2|
Yes, you can read from it without reformatting.
And with an additional software, you can even write to it if it uses NTFS as file system.
Have you checked Finder > select external HDD >> GET INFO >>> Format yet?
|Apr 10, 2012, 05:04 PM||#3|
Reformat is the correct English word and may I say your English is very good.
Windows hard drives are usually formatted with NTFS. Macs can only read data on drives formatted like this. They cannot write to them. There are third party drivers that exist to allow writing to NTFS drives, an example it NTFS-3G. I use this on my Macs and haven't had any trouble with it.
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|Apr 10, 2012, 05:41 PM||#4|
Thanks a lot to you both for the quick and complete answer. I was very worry about this because, as I said, I have almost a 1 TB of information which I don't want to lose. Now all I have to do is wait for Apple to launch the 2012 MBP
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