External HDD

discodicky

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Kinda new to macs and i was after a bit of advice. I've filled up the HDD on my ibook and I've made the decision to get an external drive. I currently have a unused windows pc with a 160gb HDD. I'm planning on getting a FW caddy and using that as my new external drive. Just wondered if there are complications of which i should be aware

Many thanks
 

livingfortoday

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discodicky said:
Kinda new to macs and i was after a bit of advice. I've filled up the HDD on my ibook and I've made the decision to get an external drive. I currently have a unused windows pc with a 160gb HDD. I'm planning on getting a FW caddy and using that as my new external drive. Just wondered if there are complications of which i should be aware

Many thanks
You'll probably have to reformat the drive in order for you to be able to read and write to it. I believe Macs can't write to NTFS drives, only read from them. It should be easy, though, just plug it in, open Disk Utility, and "erase" as a Mac OS drive. And done!
 

MRU

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livingfortoday said:
You'll probably have to reformat the drive in order for you to be able to read and write to it. I believe Macs can't write to NTFS drives, only read from them. It should be easy, though, just plug it in, open Disk Utility, and "erase" as a Mac OS drive. And done!
Yep it is that simple and be prepared for quick formats, it will literally only take a couple of seconds :D
 

janey

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livingfortoday said:
You'll probably have to reformat the drive in order for you to be able to read and write to it. I believe Macs can't write to NTFS drives, only read from them. It should be easy, though, just plug it in, open Disk Utility, and "erase" as a Mac OS drive. And done!
there's very very basic ntfs write support. not recommended though, if it even works.
 

trainguy77

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janey said:
there's very very basic ntfs write support. not recommended though, if it even works.
Where did you hear this? OS X by default can only read NTFS. There is others apps you can buy to let you write to NTFS, but just os x can't.