external hard drive

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  1. geb724 macrumors newbie

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    i am a pc user about to switch to imac for the very first time. i currently have 2 large NTFS hard drives installed on my pc. is there any way i can connect those to an imac to read and write data without losing any of the data on either drive?
     
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    https://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/

    Yep... Paragon NTFS will allow you to do that.
     
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  4. cynics macrumors G4

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    Do you use Paragon?

    I read their webpage and it seems perfect....too perfect.

    Could I just attach a friends NTFS external and drag and drop movies, music, other files just like it was HFS+, FAT32, etc? That easy?
     
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    I don't use it myself, because I have no need for it. But a lot of people here on the forums do use it and it appears to work well. Yes, once you install those drivers it is just drag-and-drop to the external drive.
     
  6. cynics macrumors G4

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    I'm the same way for the most part but there are very rare circumstances that it would make life a little easier and would add quite a bit of flexibility to my Mac.

    Thanks for the reply I'll be curious if anyone else using it has any input.
     
  7. geb724 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have an INTERNAL 1.5tb seagate HDD and an INTERNAL 2.0tb WD HDD inStalled in my HP pc. I have lots of data, music, photos and videos stored on them that I need to have access to all the time. How can I permanently access all of that data off of each drive if I buy a Mac without transferring it to the Mac?
     
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  9. kohlson macrumors 68000

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    Might be worth mentioning a bit about filesystems:
    - Apple HFS + and APFS are neither read nor write from Windows. These FS's are required for Mac things like booting, and Time Machine.
    - Win FATnn is read and write from Mac, but may be other issues. For example, file size limitation of 4GB (think movies).
    - Win NTFS is readable by Mac, but Macs cannot write to them. <- Paragon provides drivers to make this work fr Macs.
    - Win exFAT is read and write from Mac.

    Remember that solutions like Paragon, which I believe are good, is only part of the answer. You still need to connect (such as wi-fi) and get access permissions to work on both sides.
     

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