Moving files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Christopher7, May 6, 2011.

  1. Christopher7 macrumors member

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    I just got my macbook pro yesterday
    I downloaded some files on it
    and want to move it to my external HDD as backup

    but I failed to do so

    I googled and some said that because the external HDD were Windows HDD
    so mac only can read from it but not moving things into it

    Besides format my external hDD to mac
    is there any other way that i can do it?

    there are tons of stuffs in my external hdd
    formatting it definitely kills me!
     
  2. jrock2004 macrumors 6502

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    It should work. When you plug your drive in does it come up to the desktop? Click on spotlight in the upper right corner and type disk utility. In that app is your external hdd coming up? If so click on it and tell us the current format. Thanks
     
  3. Christopher7 thread starter macrumors member

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    thx for ur quick reply
    this is the one [​IMG]

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  4. jrock2004 macrumors 6502

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    Click on untitled and you should see at the bottom format. What is it? Also check by clicking on untitled 1. Thanks
     
  5. Christopher7 thread starter macrumors member

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    I should be the one to thx! =D

    both are in
    Windows NT File System (NTFS)
     
  6. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Well there's your problem :D

    Google for NTFS on Mac OSX, there are free drivers you can install to allow use of NTFS.

    Or if you have Snow Leopard this article says its available from Apple and shows how to install
     
  7. Christopher7 thread starter macrumors member

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    Will it removes thing on my external HDD?
    can it still be used in windows after tht? thx
     
  8. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    No and yes in that order. Do a bit of googling on it first though, I haven't got NTFS so have only read about this not used it.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
     

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