How do you unlock External Hard Drive that you use for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tigerhood2005, May 20, 2011.

  1. tigerhood2005 macrumors newbie

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    I am a new Mac User. I got a 1 TB external Hard Drive and I synced it with my Time Machine backup. However when I try to use the external Hard Dive on my other W7 OS running computers it says that I cannot access these file. How do I unlock this so I can use my 1TB hard drive on my W7 OS.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Time Machine needs HDDs formatted with HFS+ as file system (format), Windows can't read that file system natively.

     
  3. tigerhood2005 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what is the difference between read and writing HFSF?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Have you read the FAQ I quoted?
    You need MacDrive to read and write to HFS+ formatted HDDs in Windows, but you can use HFSExplorer to read HFS+ formatted HDDs.

    The difference between read and write with HDDs is the same as is with a pen and paper and your eyes collecting the written information via the procedure called reading.
    To write to an HDD you need readability first.

    I don't really understand your question though.
     
  5. tigerhood2005 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry I didn't read it thoroughly. I was reading this during class so I was just skimming it.
     

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