External HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by discodicky, May 7, 2006.

  1. discodicky macrumors newbie

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    Kinda new to macs and i was after a bit of advice. I've filled up the HDD on my ibook and I've made the decision to get an external drive. I currently have a unused windows pc with a 160gb HDD. I'm planning on getting a FW caddy and using that as my new external drive. Just wondered if there are complications of which i should be aware

    Many thanks
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    You'll probably have to reformat the drive in order for you to be able to read and write to it. I believe Macs can't write to NTFS drives, only read from them. It should be easy, though, just plug it in, open Disk Utility, and "erase" as a Mac OS drive. And done!
     
  3. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yep it is that simple and be prepared for quick formats, it will literally only take a couple of seconds :D
     
  4. discodicky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for allaying my fears. Just need to turn my ibook into a PVR now ;)
     
  5. janey macrumors 603

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    there's very very basic ntfs write support. not recommended though, if it even works.
     
  6. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Where did you hear this? OS X by default can only read NTFS. There is others apps you can buy to let you write to NTFS, but just os x can't.
     

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