External HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jossef, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. jossef macrumors newbie

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    I just got an iMac. I am wondering, I have a WD external HDD. Do I need a special one or can this one work with my new Mac?
     
  2. baxley macrumors newbie

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  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Yep it'll work but depends in which format it's in, if NTFS you would need a third party app to write to it,if FAT32 then yes you have both read/write access but are limited to 4GB file transfers
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Yes. Likey you can just plug it in and read the data on the drive. But if you intend to use it only with a Mac then you will be best off to re-format the drive with an HFS+ file system. If the drive is to be shared with a Windows PC then your need to use fat32 file system. Use Disk Utility for this.
     
  5. jossef thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help with this. I am glad that I can still use it now that I am going away from Windows.
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    What's wrong with paragon or MacFuse ?
     
  7. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    He probably just mentioned Disk Utility since it comes with a Mac, and you don't have to install anything.
     
  8. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Yer i know but FAT32 is old and cruddy & has limitations
     
  9. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    Meh, I don't know. Maybe it was just the first thing he thought of.
     

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