external hdd

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  1. maremalin macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello,
    Just got new mac yesterday yeeahhhh :)
    I have got small problem - there is external hdd (usb) and there is lots of my stuff - some pictures some documents etc.
    when i connect disk with computer - there is info: disk insertion the disk you inserted was not...
    i can not use any of my files
    can You pls help me

    Marek
     
  2. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

    thewhitehart

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    If it is NTFS formatted, your mac will be able to read it but not write to it. You may have to reformat the drive using OS X's Disk Utility program, but keep in mind you will lose your data so backup first. By formatting in FAT32 (MS-DOS mode) the drive can be read and written to by both macs and windows pcs.
     
  3. CDailey macrumors regular

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    When formatted under FAT32, I heard about a "4GB" limit. Is this file size, or total disk size?
     
  4. heehee macrumors 68020

    heehee

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    It's file size.
     
  5. CDailey macrumors regular

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  6. maremalin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think is fat16 now.
    I need to format in fat32 - ok
    I understand i have to use windows to do backup first?
    There is no way i can use only mac to backup and format?

    marek
     

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