Maxtor II external hard drive going to winxp

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  1. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

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    I have a Maxtor II eternal hard drive I use for saving files on my mac. I store all my ipod ready movies and stuff on there. My brother who uses winxp wanted my movies so I took my drive over, and it will not work any ideas why? It sees the drive but wont open or do anything. I dont remember formating the drive for mac any ideas?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Because Windows cannot read/see HFS+. If your brother wants to see it, he needs to puchase MacDrive, or you need to erase the HD and reformat it as FAT32 so you can both read/write to it. However, FAT32 has a 4GB single file limit.
     
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  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    No. It's an application that allows Windows to see/read/write/format to HFS+ drives.
     
  5. hanshanzi macrumors newbie

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    maxtor, mac, winxp

    I have the opposite problem described in the earlier email. I have a new Maxtor III that is NT-formatted and it seems to work with my pc laptops so far (Dell and Sony). But when I connect it to my iMac, its icon appears but I cannot add any files to it. I am told it is "read only." Is there some way to reset the drive so it can be read on both the Mac and the PC as a fully usable external drive?

    hanshanzi
     
  6. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    MacDrive should work as the previous poster said. I use it for my PCs. My portable HDs are formatted for MacIntosh. When I need to copy over MS Office files to my PC, I just plug in the HD to my PC and MacDrive does it magic and I can just drag and copy. Or, rather, I use Sync Toy from MS so that my PC updates the files I updated with my Mac.
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    OS X xan only read NTFS volumes.

    The drive must be reformatted as FAT32 for both Windows and OS X to read/write to it, but it has inherant limitations then, such as a 4GB single file limit.

    OR

    The drive can be formatted as HFS+ and you puchase MacDrive for your Windows boxes to read/write to it.
     

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