External Hard Drive

jwpraw

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Original poster
Jul 11, 2006
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I've had this external hard drive for a while now, using it on my PC. Now that I have an Apple, I want to use it on that. It is formatted for PC and on this Apple, it is read only. I'm pretty sure that means I have to format it to Apple, right? I called Apple and they said they don't support that sort of stuff, I can't find the phone number to the hard drive manufacturor and I now turn to you for help. How can I make the HD read and writeable on my Apple? I don't care if it becomes useless for PC.

Thankyou!
 

reh

macrumors 6502a
Oct 24, 2003
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Arkansas
The drive is probably formated as NTFS, which is only readable by non-windows computers. If the drive is only going to be used with your Mac, then refomat it as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" using Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility). If you want to share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows, then format it as MS-DOS.

This will erase all data on the drive.
 

sjpetry

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Oct 28, 2004
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
jwpraw said:
I've had this external hard drive for a while now, using it on my PC. Now that I have an Apple, I want to use it on that. It is formatted for PC and on this Apple, it is read only. I'm pretty sure that means I have to format it to Apple, right? I called Apple and they said they don't support that sort of stuff, I can't find the phone number to the hard drive manufacturor and I now turn to you for help. How can I make the HD read and writeable on my Apple? I don't care if it becomes useless for PC.

Thankyou!
Go into Disk Utility > select the drive in Disk Utility > go to Partition > format it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
 

jwpraw

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Original poster
Jul 11, 2006
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Wow, thankyou guys for that!!

It worked perfectly.

I have one last question; now that I have the hard drive to keep backups, other than Apple's Backup, are there any other good programs like Backup that are free? I really like Backup but I don't want to continue using .mac and I need something that will work without .mac.

Thankyou!
 

chasemac

macrumors 6502a
Jan 30, 2005
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In a house.
jwpraw said:
Wow, thankyou guys for that!!

It worked perfectly.

I have one last question; now that I have the hard drive to keep backups, other than Apple's Backup, are there any other good programs like Backup that are free? I really like Backup but I don't want to continue using .mac and I need something that will work without .mac.

Thankyou!

I think this is a pretty good freebie.:)
http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/