Coming from Windows - Hard Drive Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by aboyes, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. aboyes macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone help please? I'm trying to get my dad to get a mac mini but the problem I have is that he's coming from Windows XP.

    Anyway he has a Seagate HDD that I assume is formatted to NTFS and I dont know what to do about his files on the drive as I think that the drive wont show on a mac without being FAT32.

    What are my options?

    Can I network the PC to the MAC and transfer files back across if I format the HDD to fat 32? OR can I with a driver make the NTFS drive show and be able to read/write to it?

    Thanks
     
  2. gr8tfly, Aug 18, 2013
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    gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    OS X has native read-only NTFS support, so all you'll need is a way to connect the drive (an external enclosure, or just a bare-drive SATA to USB cable).

    The setup Migration Assistant during in OS X can migrate all the files from your PC, either over a shared network drive, or a direct connection to the drive itself. See: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2518
     
  3. yliu macrumors regular

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    Never had problems moving drives from windows to Mac. Problems arise when you go the other direction.
     

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