external hard drive from vista on mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cdcoleman, May 23, 2009.

  1. cdcoleman macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2009
    First let me say I just bought my first mac yesterday and I LOVE it! i am so glad i am finally using a mac!

    Now onto the little issue:

    I have a 500gb external hard drive with a Music , Anime, Books, and Movies folder. I tried deleting the music folder and I could not, so I used my old vista laptop with the hard drive and deleted it. Then I plugged the hard drive back into the mac, now there is a $recycle.bin folder that i can not get rid of, i can put it in the trash, but can not empty the trash.

    I tried downloading NTFS-3G Stable Read/Write Driver, but it does not do anything.

    Any idea?

    Thanks guys
  2. johnnj macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2008
    Not here
    If you're going to continue to use the disk as an NTFS volume, you're not going to be able to get rid of it. That's the system folder that Vista puts recycle bin stuff into.

    If there are files in it that you want to dump, then re-attach the disk to your PC and then empty the recycle bin. The folder will still be there under OSX, but will be empty.

  3. cdcoleman thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2009
    If i take everything off of it, is there a way to reformat it for mac?
  4. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    go to applications -> utilities -> disk utility

    HFS+ is the best format to use
  5. cdcoleman thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2009
    I do not see where the option is in the disc utility to format the external hard drive to HFS+ , When I have my external hard drive selected, I can erase and chose a new Volume format, but there is no HFS+ to pick, only different types of Mac os extended or MS-DOS FAT
  6. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    OS extended is the best I have had noting but problems reformatting in FAT even when I am reformatting HD's for windows machines I plug them into my mac to do it only then do I use FAT format.

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