Mac pro hdd

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by a sandwhich, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. a sandwhich macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Would I be able to take the two hdds out of my current windows machine(one has os, the other storage) and place them into a mac pro and boot windows off one hdd and then use the other storage drive in both operating systems?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The thread title guy strikes again:

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    Have you also taken a look at MRoogle, since that question may have been asked several times?

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    Example: want to use Windows HDD from my PC in Mac Pro as Boot Camp HDD

    As to the part about storage:

    Windows uses NTFS and FAT32 as file systems, on newer systems most probably only NTFS.

    Mac OS X uses HFS+ as a file system.

    FAT 32 can be read and written to by both Windows and Mac OS X, NTFS can only be read by Mac OS X,
    unless you install the free NTFS-3G drivers,
    which will allow you to write to NTFS formatted volumes in Mac OS X.
    Direct download link.

    Also know, that FAT32 has a file size limit of 4GB, so no single file can be bigger than 4GB.

    HFS+ can not be read or written to in Windows, unless you use Snow Leopard's Boot Camp NTFS capabilities or MacDrive.

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