Coming from Windows - Hard Drive Question

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

  1. aboyes macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    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?

  2. gr8tfly, Aug 18, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

    gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    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:
  3. yliu macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    Never had problems moving drives from windows to Mac. Problems arise when you go the other direction.

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