External HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by discodicky, May 7, 2006.

  1. discodicky macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2006
    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
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    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!
  3. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Yep it is that simple and be prepared for quick formats, it will literally only take a couple of seconds :D
  4. discodicky thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2006
    Thanks for allaying my fears. Just need to turn my ibook into a PVR now ;)
  5. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    there's very very basic ntfs write support. not recommended though, if it even works.
  6. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    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.

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