External Harddisk for Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mthing223, May 24, 2015.

  1. mthing223 macrumors newbie

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    I am running Windows 7 in Macbook Air 11" (mid 2012 version)

    When I try to plug in external harddisk (this is a USB 3.0 casing + a 500GB HDD from another laptop ~ which means this is not a external harddisk drive(one set) we buy outside)

    My problem is: my other laptop can detect and run the external harddisk smoothly(transferring files)

    but my Macbook can't detect the drive at all(at first, it can detect, but when I try to copy files into my external harddisk, it keeps hanging)

    * I have tried to swap the 500GB HDD with another HDD ~ still the same)

    Should I buy a standalone external harddrive(says: Buffalo), will it work on Macbook Air(running windows)?
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Does it work in OS X on your MBA? Which file system does it use? Does it work on your other USB port?
     
  3. mthing223 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I juz tested. Yes, it works in OS X.

    So, it got to do with Windows.

    But how can I get it fix?

    Do I need to re-install Bootcamp drivers?
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Please answer my two other questions (of most importance is the file system one).
    If it's HFS+ (also called Mac OS X Extended), that could be your problem, as I don't believe Windows under Bootcamp can write to that file system.
    Does reading from the drive work in Windows?
     
  5. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    If you want to use it with both Windows and osx, use exfat as filsystem when you format it.
     
  6. mthing223 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it is definitely FAT32, as I have tested it using my another laptop(running Windows 7) and it works.
     
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Then you have something wonky on your Bootcamp installation. I'm afraid that's not really my area of expertise, so someone else will need to chime in there.
     
  8. mthing223 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot for ur previous help :)
     

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