External Harddrive from Windows to Mac...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by samrulestothema, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. samrulestothema macrumors regular

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    Woohoo, today i bought my first (and hopefully not the last) iMac. I have a 500GB external harddrive in windows format, so it obviously needs to be reformatted into Mac formant. Once i have i copied all the data from my external to my windows internal, i can then format it into a mac format, i was just wondering how i then get all the data back onto the newly formatted external from my windows internal? will windows recognise its a mac format harddrive?and will it still allow to put all of the data back onto it.

    Thanks, and sorry to be so long.

    Sam
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Windows cannot natively read or write Mac-formatted hard drives. Macs can read Windows disks, however (NTFS read only, FAT32 read/write). So transfer the data to your mac and/or windows box before reformatting your external drive.
     
  3. takeabyteoutta macrumors 6502

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    parition the drive

    i assume you want to use it with time capsule. back everything up by moving the stuff onto the mac, then partition part of it (25-50%) to put into the mac format.
     
  4. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    What I would do is this:

    Put everything on Windows box, format external in FAT32 (Windows & Mac Read/Write), copy everything back to external, copy from external to Mac, reformat external in Mac partition, transfer back from internal to external:D
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Windows:
    - can install MacDrive to read Mac formatted drives.

    Mac:
    - Can read write to windows FAT volumes (fat has a limit of max 4gb size per file though)

    - Can read windows NTFS volumes (you can install an app to write to NTFS, but it's slow)

    - Can read / write any windows drives if connected via your network (ethernet is recommended)
     
  6. samrulestothema thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sweet as guys. after about 4 hours of copying al of my data from my external tp verious other windows drives, and finding i had not enough space, then deleting about 50 GB of stuff (stuff i need and am regretting) i found out that my hardrive was already in fat32 format and can be read and as you allsay written onto as well. So thanks for all of your helpful advice :):):):):)
     
  7. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030

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    Thats not how it works.

    Time Capsule is an Airport Extreme base station with a hard drive in it for backup.
     
  8. srt42b macrumors newbie

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    I formatted it as a HFS+ and got a third party app. for Windows to read/write to it. No problems either.
     

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