External Harddrive from Windows to Mac...

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

  1. samrulestothema macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2008
    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.

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    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

    Jan 31, 2008
    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

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    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


    Jun 27, 2007
    - can install MacDrive to read Mac formatted drives.

    - 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

    Feb 6, 2008
    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


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    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

    Jan 17, 2007
    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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