New IMac owner .. Need help on removing files from windows XP harddrive

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  1. USMCmac30 macrumors newbie

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    So my wife finally gave in and switched to the Mac side and I bought an Imac to replace our fudged up gateway. The gateway we had, had a problem in the motherboard so I gave the tower to family for parts and kept the newly replaced hard drive. I transfered the hard drive to it's own case and now cannot figure out how to remove all of the music and photos from it. Can anyone give some tips here?
     
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    the hard drive is probably formated in the NTFS file system. Leopard can only read NTFS but not write to it.

    Go to Disk Utility /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app) and format the disk (it's called Erase in Disk Utility).
    This will delete everything from that drive (as formating does).

    You could also install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G to gain read/write access to NTFS in Mac OS X. But I recommend formating it in HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) since both of you will be using Macs and NTFS is not needed any longer.


    Hope this does what you want.
    /Rupert
     
  3. USMCmac30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    right ... I'm not trying to write to it just yet. I want to xfer the files to my mac first then I'll format it for my macbook. I just want to know how to get the files off first to my mac
     
  4. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hmm.. now I'm not sure, how your hardware setup looks like.

    So, you have the internal hard disk of the PC in an enclosure and run it as an external connected to your Mac?

    /Rupert
     
  5. USMCmac30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yup...it's connected right now. The mac sees all of the files.. but let's say I don't know the correct route to get to the photos, itunes, and docs on the external.
     
  6. USMCmac30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought I could just find 'em and drag and drop... but I was wrong.
     
  7. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    So if you see the files on the external, you should be able to drag the files directly to your Mac's hard drive.

    Try this: select a bunch of photos and drag them to the Desktop.

    Does that work?
     
  8. USMCmac30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't even find them. I can find pictureit10, but all I see are a bunch of dll files and nothing resembling pictures...... argg:confused::mad:
     
  9. Fuzzbear macrumors regular

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    Unless your program kept the files compressed in some library like iPhoto does, most of the time the windows pictures were kept in your "My Documents/My pictures" Folder.

    Have you tried doing a wildcard search in finder for the photos on the drive? i.e. looking for all .jpg's or .gif or .tiff or whatever file format it was you saved your pictures as?
     
  10. USMCmac30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'll try that... I just don't want to have to loose those pics and have to reload 50 something cd's
     
  11. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Let me ask you some more questions:

    "How" did you use your photos, music, etc. on the PC. Did you have special software to view the pictures? The same for music; how did you open it? Again, any special software?

    /Rupert
     
  12. USMCmac30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found them.... they were in the "owner" section of the documents and settings.:D
     

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