Ext HDD problem

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  1. vankata macrumors member

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    Hi.
    I have a sata 2 HDD from my old PC with some important information there. So i decided to use it like external. It capacity is 250 GB. I bought an external case for HDD sata to usb. The model of the case is Cooler Master Xport 351. When i connect it to my iMac mid 2010, Mac OS show me this message. What must i do to be capable to use it normally? I forgot to mention that the file system of the HDD is NTFS.
     

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  2. stridemat Moderator

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    NTFS for Mac. This will allow you to read and write to an NTFS partition from within OS X.

    MacFuse is a free alternative.
     
  3. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't think this is the problem, as Mac OS X can natively read NTFS; it just can't write to it. The error message indicates the drive isn't readable at all.
    You can't move the data if you can't read the drive.

    "the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer"
     
  5. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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    Can't the drive be read with a PC?
     
  6. vankata thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick responses. I was afraid of that - formatting the HDD. So i must find a laptop and copy the important data.:eek:
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Possibly, if they still have access to a PC. vankata, read the thread I posted a link to. There are some recommendations there that might help.
     
  8. vankata thread starter macrumors member

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    I will try to get a PC to copy the important data this weekend and after that i will format it. Thanks again
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you check out the link I posted? There were some alternative suggestions there.
     
  10. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Install NTFS-3G and then open disk utility to run a verification scan. I think that installing NTFS-3G will enable disk utility to run a native health check that might help.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mac OS X can read NTFS natively. If the device were readable, they would be able to do so without installing NTFS-3G.
     
  12. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I know. What I mean is that I think NTFS-3G would allow a first aid scan of an NTFS drive and it actually be able to write repairs.
     
  13. vankata thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes i read it. But there they mostly argue about a manufacture of external HDD, girls and e.t.c.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    So you didn't read the posts about Data Rescue and Disk Warrior?
     
  15. vankata thread starter macrumors member

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    No, i read them, but the programs aren't free.:eek: Now i don't have much money to spend. I will make it the hard way - copy the importans staff and then format and hopefully after that everything will be fine.:eek:
     
  16. vankata thread starter macrumors member

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    I copied the important data and formatted the HDD. And now it is recognize by the OS and i can use it.:D
     

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