External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jwpraw, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. jwpraw macrumors newbie

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    I've had this external hard drive for a while now, using it on my PC. Now that I have an Apple, I want to use it on that. It is formatted for PC and on this Apple, it is read only. I'm pretty sure that means I have to format it to Apple, right? I called Apple and they said they don't support that sort of stuff, I can't find the phone number to the hard drive manufacturor and I now turn to you for help. How can I make the HD read and writeable on my Apple? I don't care if it becomes useless for PC.

    Thankyou!
     
  2. reh macrumors 6502a

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    The drive is probably formated as NTFS, which is only readable by non-windows computers. If the drive is only going to be used with your Mac, then refomat it as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" using Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility). If you want to share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows, then format it as MS-DOS.

    This will erase all data on the drive.
     
  3. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Go into Disk Utility > select the drive in Disk Utility > go to Partition > format it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
     
  4. sjpetry macrumors 65816

    sjpetry

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    reh beat me. :cool:




    damn


    I hope you don't have problems with your Mac, if you do the people here can help you. ; )
     
  5. DJMastaWes macrumors 65816

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  6. jwpraw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, thankyou guys for that!!

    It worked perfectly.

    I have one last question; now that I have the hard drive to keep backups, other than Apple's Backup, are there any other good programs like Backup that are free? I really like Backup but I don't want to continue using .mac and I need something that will work without .mac.

    Thankyou!
     
  7. chasemac macrumors 6502a

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    I think this is a pretty good freebie.:)
    http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/
     

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