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

    Jun 26, 2006
    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?

  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Any external HD hooked up with firewire or USB should work fine. Maybe try a different port.
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    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

    Jun 26, 2006
    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


    Jul 25, 2007
    Wisconsin der hey
    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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