external drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lbautista23, May 23, 2011.

  1. lbautista23 macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2011
    ok i just bought a 13" mbp and i wanted to transfer my pics and music from my external drive onto my mac drive.

    the external drive was used for my windows laptop. can i copy the files onto the mac drive? can i copy files from mac drive to external drive?
  2. xxBURT0Nxx, May 23, 2011
    Last edited: May 23, 2011

    xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    drives need to be formatted in FAT32 to be written to by mac and pc
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    See below what file system does suit your needs:

  4. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    if the external drive is NTFS formatted, the Mac will only be able to read from it (i.e. you'll be able to copy files from it to the Mac without problem, but you won't be able to write to it).

    if the external drive is FAT32 or ExFAT, both Macs and PCs will be able to both read from and write to it.

    in the future, if you want your drive to be accessible by both Mac and Windows PCs, I recommend you format it in ExFAT, it's exactly like FAT32 but without partition and file size limitations
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    But all you have to do is install MacFuse and NTFS-3G, both of which are freeware, and you can write to NTFS just fine.

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