Help with external harddrive

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  1. The Senator macrumors regular

    The Senator

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    okay so I have a maxtor 100gb external hard drive I only have 10 gbs on it which is music off my pc I plug the hard drive into my macbook and none of the files show up. the hard drive mounts but when I click the icon on the desktop my files aren't in it, but the music files show up on my pc. Please help
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    How was the disk initialized? I'm pretty sure you need FAT for read/write or NFS (?) for read-only. FAT's the way to go.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Oops, sorry. Just read your post more closely.

    Try zipping them onto the hard drive as one file if you cannot locate them, then unzip onto the Mac. Unless they start with a period, they should show up on your Mac.

    Alternatively, you can connect an ethernet cable between the two and mount the PC's hard drive on your Mac for the copy.
     
  4. The Senator thread starter macrumors regular

    The Senator

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    word, the hardrive is formatted in windows NT File system
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Try to initialize as FAT32 and see if that fixes your problem.
     
  6. The Senator thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Connect your drive to your Mac, launch Disk Utilities and initialize it as an MS-DOS (FAT) volume. Put it on your PC and move the files over to it, then reconnect to your Mac.
     
  8. The Senator thread starter macrumors regular

    The Senator

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    hey thanks a lot man I got everything to work. much appreciated
     

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