External HDD does not work with Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NovemberWhiskey, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

    NovemberWhiskey

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    I just discovered that I am not able to write to my external HDD (Seagate Free Agent Pro) via my MBP.

    Are there any solutions to make it work without reformatting the entire external HDD? I have backup files on there already, and I don't want to lose those.

    I think I read that it has something to do with the formatting of the drive. Can I split the external HDD so that one half works for the mac and one half works for the PC, or will I have to buy another unit specifically for the mac?
     
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

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    Your HD is probably formatted NTFS. Macs can't read NTFS. Either make a backup of those files on your HD and wipe or not use it.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  4. -tWv- macrumors 68000

    -tWv-

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    yep just go to www.ntfs-3g.org and download and install the driver for your mac. After you do this you will be able to write to NTFS formatted drives.
     

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