How do you mount a WinXP drive on a mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by EasyB, May 1, 2005.

  1. EasyB macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2005
    I have some photos and stuff that I want to get off of a old drive. I plugged it into a external enclosure and can't get it to mount. What do I need to do?

    And then I want to format it for use with my mac, but how if I can't even mount the thing.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    It should mount. If it's formatted in NTFS you can only read from it, but that should be all you need.

    How is the drive jumpered? I'm thinking this problem has to do with the enclosure, not the drive or the Mac.
  3. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    as far as im aware, both fat and ntfs drives work on mac (well they have for me) so i would check the drive itself as it should be working!
  4. efoto macrumors 68030

    Nov 16, 2004
    Cloud 9 (-6)
    Same here, just plugged and mounted a NTFS drive from a friends PC at home to exchange some files and everything worked fine. As stated before, you should be able to read fine.

    If the drive was in another computer with multiple drives in it, check to make sure that this drive is not set as a slave or other non-master configuration with rear pins. I believe (could be enclosure dependant) that most external drives should be set to master (of course I could very well be wrong, so check the documentation).
  5. Greencardman macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Yeah, find out what type drive it is and go to thier websites to check the jumpers. If you don't know what jumpers are, on the back of the drive there are little metal pins, some for the cable, and then a set of others that usually have two small plastic jumpers (shaped like little black rectangles). The jumpers fit over the pins and connect them in certain ways. There's usually three setting, master, slave and CS? I think the third one is CS. Anyways, if you have two disk drives, they need to be set in certain ways. Your main hard drive will be the master, and the new one will be the slave. (I think I'm getting this right, someone correct me if I'm wrong). So you need to find out how to set your jumpers to make the new drive have a slave setting, and the main hard drive a master setting, and evrything should work.

    Ok, someone correct me if i missed anything, its been a while
  6. EasyB thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2005
    Thats what I thought, but still no dice. The are no jumpers on the four other pins that are free, and that is the way to run it as a master.

    And I think the format is FAT32
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Hmmm... I don't think this is an issue with FAT32 (not sure, honestly), but sometimes Windows drives will fail to mount if they were not formally unmounted (dismounted?) in Windows.

    Also, doesn't Disk Utility see unmounted, but connected drives? Does it see this drive at all? What does it have to say about it?

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