New Mac user (want to access external hard drive)

downingp

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I finally talked my grandpa into making the switch to Apple. He just went out and bought a brand new 24" iMac.
My grandpa has an external hard drive he used with his windows machine. He has all of his documents stored on the external drive. When I plugged in the external drive, the iMac didn't recognize it? Did it not recognize it because it is in a different file format? How can I get the iMac to recognize the drive?

thanks.
 

angelwatt

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Any external HD hooked up with firewire or USB should work fine. Maybe try a different port.
 

GimmeSlack12

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The old drive is likely an NTSF format. This cannot be read by Mac, well, it should be readable, but not writeable. Possibly connect the External drive to a PC and transfer the files via FTP on your local network. You know how to do that?
 

downingp

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Jun 26, 2006
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The old drive is likely an NTSF format. This cannot be read by Mac, well, it should be readable, but not writeable. Possibly connect the External drive to a PC and transfer the files via FTP on your local network. You know how to do that?
I had to leave and return to my home in Arizona so I am not with him currently to help him out.
I was able to keep his network intact with his windows machine (i.e. see his documents from his external drive through the wireless network). However, I can't see his documents or external drive on the mac computer.
Any help?