make HDD formatted for pc work with Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dferreira87, May 22, 2010.

  1. Dferreira87 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I have a Hard Drive that i have been using witha pc. Now that i have convertede to mac, how can i get my files over to a mac. I ws trying to trasnfer mac files onto it, but it wouldnt work. thank you guys
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Is it external HD? Just plug it in and transfer the files and then format it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) with Disk Utility
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Check out the various file systems here: MR Guide: File Systems

    Your drive is likely formatted as NTFS and your Mac will only read it and not write to it. To write to an NTFS formatted drive you will need something like NTFS-3G or Paragon

    Basic rule of thumb:

    NTFS = Windows formatting, OSX will read, but you need NTFS-3G or Paragon to write
    HFS+= OSX formatting, Windows will need something like MacDrive to write
    FAT32 = neutral formatting, both Windows and OSX will read/write but file sizes are limited to 4GB

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