So my PC died

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Rich5150, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Rich5150 macrumors member

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    I was planning on picking up an iMac (refurb)anyway when my taxes come in.

    A ?
    I have my iTunes library(almost 500GB), and a fairly recent backup of my important stuff on externals.

    I was planning on doing a migration over to the iMac of the music then reformatting the drive and putting everything back on and then moving all of my documents from the other external over onto the iMac

    I will be able to hook up my externals and do this correct

    Thanks

    Im not dellusional enough to think ill never have a problem with the iMac but its just time to give it a shot
     
  2. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    You will certainly enjoy using your iMac! BTW, which model (21.5" or 27") are you after?
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    You should have no problem with hooking it up. Depending on the format you used for the external drive will dictate whether you have write access, OSX can read but cannot write to NTFS formatted drives but that shouldn't be an issue since you'll be doing a restore.
     
  4. parapup macrumors 65816

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    You would be better off using FAT32 for the external disk instead of NTFS - OS X built in NTFS driver crashed the system in the middle of a copy for me and it wasn't pleasant to recover.

    Or may be connect both to TimeCapsule and backup / restore from the NAS.
     
  5. Rich5150 thread starter macrumors member

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    27" go big or go home lol

    But really my current monitor is 24" i wont go backwards

    both are formatted for NTFS, My plan was to transfer and then reformat and move back everything to the external

    That is another option i didnt think of
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Of course but since the OP was using a PC the odds are good that his external drive is currently NTFS. If that is the case, he has the ability to read it, but he'll be better off reformatting to HTFS+ for future use :)
     
  7. mario24601 macrumors regular

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    What is HTFS+? Can both Mac and Win read/write this?
     
  8. parapup macrumors 65816

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    He/She likely meant HFS+ - only Mac can read/write to HFS+. With Boot Camp installed, Windows can only read from HFS+.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    My bad, that's what I meant to type. Fat fingered it.

    By the way I'm a He ;)
     

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