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keren710

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Feb 28, 2015
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Hi guys,
I just got Mac Book Air 11 and no experience in any Mac book. I have downloaded movies to my 1TB seagate portable hard drive from a windows base desktop but when I want to watch it from my MBA i cant see any files.I mean i detected the External hard drive but i cant see any files...please please can anyone give a hint. Thank you!
 

Baunkjaer

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Feb 20, 2009
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And it still works with your Windows set-up?
Your MBA can read FAT32/NTFS out-of-the-box. If your external drive is formatted otherwise, your MBA might not be able to read from it.
 

keren710

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Feb 28, 2015
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Thanks Baunkjaer for the response. Yes, the movies are working when i opened in desktop, but not in Mac. My external drive is new as well, I'm thinking maybe i have to download the movies from my mac and transfer it to my external drive as my mac has only 128GB.How do i know if my external drive is FAT32 or not?
 

motrek

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Sep 14, 2012
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Hi guys,
I just got Mac Book Air 11 and no experience in any Mac book. I have downloaded movies to my 1TB seagate portable hard drive from a windows base desktop but when I want to watch it from my MBA i cant see any files.I mean i detected the External hard drive but i cant see any files...please please can anyone give a hint. Thank you!
You should be able to see the files. Do you mean you can't play the files as movies or the drive appears to be empty when you connect it the Mac?

If it has files on it, I can't imagine a circumstance where it appears empty. Something seems like it must be wrong in that case.
 

keren710

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Feb 28, 2015
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I know there's file coz the memory went down to 859GB, but unfortunately i cant see the folder where my movies were save. I'll have to figure that out, thanks for the response.
 

motrek

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Sep 14, 2012
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I know there's file coz the memory went down to 859GB, but unfortunately i cant see the folder where my movies were save. I'll have to figure that out, thanks for the response.
The only thing I can think of is that maybe the folder name starts with a period, which OS X (and most Unix-ish systems) might interpret as a hidden file/folder and not display it...?

You can try moving the files to somewhere else, maybe the root of the drive, and see if the Mac can see the files there?

Otherwise I still can't think of a circumstance where the drive would appear empty even though it has files/folders on it, sorry. :(
 

keren710

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Feb 28, 2015
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Thank you for the tip motrek, i'll try that. Hope i'll make it work. :)