Can OsX Read an Internal NTFS Drive?

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  1. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    Bought an older G4 Tower that I am going to move all my windows documents and files from. The windows machine has two internal drives. Can I move all my data to one of the drives (only 20gb and currently formatted NTFS), plug it into my G4 Tower and pull all the data off, then reformat that drive for OsX. I think that would be the fastest and easiest way, since in the end I am going to move that drive anyway. Would it work?
     
  2. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

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    I'm no expert, but I think it should be possible, because... My new Macbook has two partitions, one OSX and one Windows Vista NTFS, and the NTFS partition mounts and is accessible (read-only) even in Mac OS X.
     
  3. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) and Leopard (10.5) can read NTFS disks but not write to them. So if you just need to copy stuff off the NTFS disks, you should be fine.

    If you want to write to the NTFS disks, NTFS-3G for Mac OS X can do that, it's free and open-source.
     
  4. claimed4all thread starter macrumors 6502

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