I have a external hard drive from my pc that I want too use for my mac

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  1. flakes8 macrumors regular

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    It is the Western Digital My Book 1TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive and now I have seen the same thing but it is the Mac Edition. Can I use it on my new MBP when I get it even though it is not the Mac Edition ??

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    Yes and no!

    If it is formatted to NTFS then your mac will have some problems writing to it. If thats the case you can download third party plugins which allow it too work, such as Paragon.
     
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    What if it is Fat 32 ?? sorry not very computer literate.
     
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    Yes, it'll work. You just have to reformat it with Disk Utility to HFS+ or create a partition for Mac if you want to use it with both Mac and PC. Also there are 3rd party apps for OS X that lets you to read and write NTFS formatted HDs
     
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    Then you should't have a problem reading and writing too it straight away.
     
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    Thank you Guys For All Your Help !! I'm sure I'll have a ton of other dumb questions for you in the coming months. :D
     
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    i have a 250gb portable harddrive from my old PC crammed with films, music + photos but when i plug it into my new MacBook Pro it wont even find it! any ideas how i can get the stuff onto my MacBook?
     
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    It's likely a NTFS formatted so you need NTFS-3G to read and write NTFS format in OS X. It should be found in Disk Utility but it won't mount because it's NTFS
     
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    Cheers ill give it a try this evening Much love
     

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