How To Format External Hard Drive to NTFS to make it Mac Readable?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Visualgap, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Visualgap macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I can't manage to format my Seagate 500GB external HD correctly so it can be readable with my Macbook. I formatted like six times already in Windows 7 and XP to NTFS and still my macbook won't read it...only my Windows computers can read/write it. What am I doing wrong?
  2. Visualgap thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    No..I don't want to write just read. I know macs can only read NTFS drives with out using 3rd party programs but for some reason this drive is not been read by my Macbook. Maybe too much formatting affected the drive or something?
  3. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    go to control panel, admin tools, computer management (something like that) and then near the bottom there is a thing where you can manage your disks, click on the partition you are trying to see in osx and right click then select make this partition active. See if that helps
  4. razorboy1969 macrumors newbie


    Nov 21, 2009
    Hi there. I bought a Seagate FreeAgent Go 320Gb a few days ago, to use as a Time Machine back-up. What i did was partition it into 2 equal 160Gb, one as Mac OS ext (HFS+), the other as FAT 32. The former is exclusively for Mac back-up, while the latter can be used by both Mac and Windows to read/write data. So far, everything works great. Maybe it'll work for you too.

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