External Hard Drive Formatting for Movies

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  1. snowwing macrumors member

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    I have a Western Digital 1TB bus powered external hard drive to store digital content on... movies, music, video clips. I also plan on using it with a Western Digital Live TV Plus.

    My confusion comes with which format to use. I am obviously using a Mac now. I have some movies on my old Windows machine - formatted NTFS.

    Is it possible to put these movies (MP4) on my new drive if it is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)?

    Thanks
    Ron
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    According to the manual (http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/UM/ENG/4779-705043.pdf), it can support FAT32, NTFS and HFS+.


     
  3. Andeavor macrumors 6502

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    If the external drive is formatted with HFS+ you need a program like MacDrive to read it with a Windows machine.
     
  4. snowwing thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your quick response!

    My question was more on the lines of transferring a file from a NTFS formatted drive to a Mac OS extended drive. In other words if I copy a file to a flash drive from my windows machine and copy to my mac does it matter what the underlying format is? NTFS or Mac OSX?
    Thanks
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    As you might have glanced at the FAQ I quoted about the different file systems, you can only write to NTFS and FAT32 formatted volumes in Windows without additional help. Mac OS X is capable to read volumes using these file systems (formats).
    Therefore, if you use a USB stick formatted with FAT32 you can then copy data from Windows to Mac OS X.
     
  6. samh macrumors 6502

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    No, the underlying file format of the original file does not matter. The operating system doing the copying will do the required translating.
     
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