HP SimpleSave External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iPhoneAppMan, May 16, 2011.

  1. iPhoneAppMan macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2TB HP SimpleSave External Hard Drive. Will it be compatible with my new MacBook Pro? Someone told me I would have to erase all the data.

    If it will work, can I use this with my MacBook Pro and my HP Desktop as well?
     
  2. erphan macrumors newbie

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    You can use the SimpleDrive but you're going to have to reformat it to HFS+ or you can make two partitions and make one NTFS and the other HFS+. Regardless, if there's any data in there you should probably back it up before proceeding.

    Now the problem is using the drive in both Mac and PC. There are some ways to enable NTFS on Mac (use mroogle) but it's a little buggy so use it at your own risk.
     
  3. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    Never use the enabler for NTFS on Mac there is a reason it is left disabled ... (It wont let you read data you save to it)
    Search Tuxera NTFS
     
  4. Nakrob macrumors newbie

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    Restarting an old thread as I cant find a conclusive answer on this.

    Have just purchased an HP Simplesave 2TB external hard drive to backup my Windows PC before it goes in the skip in a few weeks. We are intending to buy a new MBPr when the 13" model is released. Will the drive and files being accessible from the MBP?

    I've read that the drive is only compatible with Windows wrt the pre installed software. This in not a problem as I just want to access the hard drive not use the automated back up software.

    We will be without the PC before we get the MBP so there is no contingency on this once the files are on the drive we have to be able to access them from the MBP.

    So, simple questions, can an MBP read files from an HP Simplesave external hard drive?
     
  5. xlii macrumors 68000

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    I use Tuxera and it allows my mac to read and write to NTFS drives. I would suggest keeping the old PC up and running until you buy the new mac. Then use migration assistant to transfer the stuff on the pc to the mac. Backing your stuff up on the external drive is highly recommended. I'm going through this now but my pc died before I could transfer the data. I put the C: drive in an external and have been able to transfer everything I wanted except the email. Email is the hardest. I've transferred the email to vmware fusion running windows 7 but still need to work out how to get it over to mail on osx.
     
  6. Raunien macrumors 6502

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    I have all my drives formatted in exFAT; that's always an option
     
  7. Nakrob macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies. I think I kind of have an answer.

    It won't be possible to keep the pc before we get the MBP. We're moving overseas and the PC won't go with us and the MBP will only be purchased once we arrive. We will travel with the pc contents on the HDDs to then load up on the MBP.

    It sounds like its possible to read the files from the drive, maybe with the use of some software?, so that is what I wanted to know. It's mainly jpegs, movies and word documents anyway, no software or email.

    Not sure on the disk formatting suggestion, I really just want a plug and play solution.
     

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