Getting a windows external hard drive to work with mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rchip, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. rchip macrumors regular

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    Hello guys, I'd appreciate your help so I don't need to buy a new external hard drive!

    I have a Goflex 500gb external hard drive that I used with my old Windows PC, it has about 100gb of data that I want to keep from my windows PC, just videos, music, documents etc.

    I want to install Mountain Lion on my Macbook Air 2011, however, I want to make a backup of my data on my mac before hand incase it goes wrong. OSX wont let me use this hard drive at the moment, I think because it's formatted for Windows?

    I'm not the greatest with computers, I've not used any kind of cloud storage services as of yet.

    Can anyone think of a solution, how I could still keep this data that I have on my hard drive and still back up my mac using Time Machine with this hard drive?

    Money is a bit tight at the moment so I could do without buying another external hard drive, although it is something I'd like to do down the road for extra security!

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You could use NTFS-3G or Macfuse to read it on the Mac. I don't know if either of those have been updated for ML, but I'm also not sure if you're using ML.
     
  3. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for response! Sorry should have made that more clear, I'm running Lion at the moment and I'm going to upgrade to Mountain Lion but I want to backup my data before hand. I will check out those programs you mentioned now!
     
  4. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, I've just downloaded NFTS and it looks like it's just what I need!
     
  5. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's working in the sense I can now transfer files over from my mac to this hard drive, but it wont work with time machine saying the drive is the incorrect format. Oh well, at least I can manually back it up now though so thanks very much for your help. Unless anyone has a way I could get it work with time machine?

    Edit

    Oh! From reading online, it seems I could partition the hard drive into a windows part and a mac part? Is this possible?
     

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