Backing up my mac HD on a windows HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by munckee, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I have an external drive with about 70GB on it that I believe is failing. My roommate has a 300GB drive in his windows box with plenty of space left on it. Can I just plug the external into the windows box and drag everything over to have a backup? (I think, but I'm not positive, that my external is a fat32 partition).

    We won't try to run any of the files or anything on the windows machine; I just need some storage space until my new drive gets here.
  2. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    Windows wont read mac drives without separate software (called MacDrive, works quite well). What you might want to do is plug your mates HD into your Mac and copy your stuff over like that.

    You might lose things like folder icons, but as long as your stuff is safe that doesnt really matter does it?
  3. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Why won't it read the drive if it's a fat32 format?

    I can't plug his drive into my computer because its a sata drive and i have a powerbook.

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