Help! External hard drive woes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Pomme, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. Pomme macrumors member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in a bit of a predicament. My laptop shipped off to Apple for repairs yesterday for the second time in three months. (It's been a rough couple of weeks in the Pomme household.) The good news is that I have everything backed up on a Lacie external harddrive. The bad news is that I just remembered a deadline I have next week -- for a document that is, right now, only on the external harddrive and my iBook. I have access to a PC, but the harddrive has only previously been used with a Mac. On top of that, it's a Firewire config. Can I even hook this thing up to the PC desktop I'd be using? If so, how do I go about doing this? I realize I'm something of a dolt when it comes to computers; my dear little iBook has always been so self-explanatory. I just want to be cautious so that I don't ruin what I have saved on my external hd. But I also need a solution to this problem -- my laptop won't be fixed within the week, and I need access to this data!

    Any suggestions would be welcome!

    A very worried Pomme.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    is the drive formatted in ntfs? hopefully not hfs as then only a mac could access it.

    if it is ntfs, just plug it into a pc and you should be fine. note that the pc has to have firewire to hook up if the hard drive is firewire only
     
  3. Pomme thread starter macrumors member

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    Yikes. I don't know what that means at all. I'm not seeing those letters on the box, though it does tell me that it is a "PC or Mac with built-in FireWire interface." Does that mean I can use both, or just one once I've used it for the first time? Also, are there any converters out there -- some cord I could buy that has one on one end and the other on the other? I did a quick search, and I'm not having much luck finding anything that isn't wildly expensive. Any ideas?
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    well if you just used it with your mac, as in you got the hard drive and plugged it to your mac without doing anything, i would say its ntfs. thats what mine is.

    does your pc have a firewire port like your ibook? if so then plug it in. if not, just go to a pc that does and get the file that way and email it to yourself or burn data cds of the files you need.

    hopefully that helps

    if the drive has both a usb and firewire interface, that may be easier as every pc pretty much has usb but not all have firewire.

    for instance, with my macbook, i have an external and i am able to use it while both in windows and in os x with no problems at all

    i assume you know how to get to your external in windows but if you dont, click my computer and you should see it labeled as drive f or something. for instance mine syas, mybook drive f, i think
     
  5. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502

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    It depends on what actions you took when you first got the external hard drive. If, when you plugged it in to your Mac, you were promted to "initialize" a disk, your drive is likely to be formatted as HFS+. If not, its possible that your drive came pre-formatted FAT32.

    I somehow suspect that your external drive is formatted as HFS+. In such a case, you need extra software to be able to read it on a PC running Windows XP. Simply plugging it in will not work.
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    haha yea sorry. each time i said ntfs i meant fat32. i just got done formatting a partition ntfs for bootcamp
     

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