need help building ext. hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by notwist, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. notwist macrumors regular

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    I have an old 120gig hard drive in my PC desktop I would like to put in an external enclosure for use with my MacBook. THe hard drive is NTFS. Am I supposed to format the hard drive, then place it in the enclosure? Or can I just put in the enclosure, connect it to my macbook and my macbook take care of everything? Also, if I get an enclosure with FW800 ports, will it also work with my macbook if it is only FW400 capable? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ricksbrain macrumors regular

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    If you connect it to your macbook, in Disk Utility, you should be able to reformat it however you want-- HFS+ Journaled, likely...

    I think FW800 is backward compatible, but not certain.
     
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    FW800 is backward compatible with FW400 ports with the right cable, although if you don't have a computer with a FW800 port I'm not quite sure why you'd want to spend the extra on a case and cables that you can't make full use of.

    Also, if it's an older 120GB drive, I'm not even sure there'd be much of a speed boost with FW800--since FW400 can (theoretically) support up to 50MB/s transfer, it can probably handle as much data as the drive can spit out.
     

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