New Mac user (want to access external hard drive)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by downingp, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. downingp macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Any external HD hooked up with firewire or USB should work fine. Maybe try a different port.
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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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?
     
  4. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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?
     
  5. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    if the format of the external isn't FAT32 or HFS the iMac is gonna have trouble with those "windows specific" formats.
     

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