Duplicating External Hard Drives

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  1. mxracer700 macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    Been on here for years reading but never had to ask a question until today. Thanks for all the great info on here that is available through search! It has always got me where I needed to be.

    Todays question:

    Setup:
    Macbook 2.0ghz 10.5.7
    Drive 1: External USB 2.0 1.5 TB Seagate in Vantec Case (loaded)
    Drive 1: External USB 2.0 1.5 TB Seagate in Vantec Case (empty)

    Mission: Recreate an exact copy of Drive 1 including native formatting onto drive 2.

    Drive 1 came to me created by someone else on a pc. Whatever formatting it is makes it read only for me so I think it's not FAT32 or HFS. Some of the files are large (5gb) so maybe that is why. Guesses on format?

    Although I can't write individual files to it I am wondering if any of the Mac drive copy software out there is able to create a duplicate in whole.

    At this point I would like to know:

    1. Can I do this using my Mac or do I have to commandeer a dreaded PC somewhere and figure out all that?
    2. If Mac can what is the easiest way for a 'noob to drive formatting' and such to go about accomplishing this? Software suggestions? Steps?

    Thanks in advance for your collective experience!

    MX
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The format is NTFS. Mac can read it, but not write without addon such as ntfs-3g. Once you have ntfs-3g you can read and write the drive.
     
  3. mxracer700 thread starter macrumors newbie

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