Is there something wrong with my MacBook v. External HD

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  1. DtoneH, Jun 13, 2007
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    DtoneH macrumors newbie

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    after using a PC for 12+ years i finally tried a macbook out (just the base) loved it so i decided to switch over and get rid of my tower and use my external dell 2407 with the laptop

    well before i did so i transferred all my files to my external seagate drive from windows (the external HD is formatted in NFTS)

    now when i plug it in via usb to the laptop and turn the external HD on it does not notice it anywhere on the macbook (tried disk utility also)

    if i enter a flash drive into the same usb port it notices it so i know the port isnt shot

    any ideas? i really need my work documents from the external hd
     
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    I believe it is because OSX cannot read NTFS disks

    Edit: D'Oh, course it can, just cant write
     
  3. DtoneH, Jun 13, 2007
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    i thought it could read NFTS but not write?
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Yeah, sorry, you're right.

    Hmm, not sure then
     
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  6. DtoneH, Jun 13, 2007
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    i thought it can read just not ride?
     
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    Did you check the jumper settings on the external drive before you put it in your external enclosure? Are you sure that the enclosure actually works?

    Do you have another computer that you can try the same HD and enclosure with?

    (And yes, current OSX versions support NTFS read but not write.)
     
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    yes, the windows computer next to me reads it perfectly which is how i transferred files etc to it
     
  9. DtoneH, Jun 13, 2007
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    DtoneH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have an idea

    i will transfer all my files to the DT on windows (other comp)

    so the external will be blank. how do i format the external HD from windows so itll work on my mac?
     
  10. DtoneH, Jun 13, 2007
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    theres no way to format to Fat32 from windows? cause this drive is not readable on the mac, ive tried everything?
     
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    dtoneh, use disk utility and erase the drive, then format the drive, making sure that u choose master boot record(in the options section under the "partition" tab). this will then allow you to format the drive as fat32(or similar) then both mac and pc can red/write to the drive.
     
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