Switch to Mac - External drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rasmusDoh, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. rasmusDoh macrumors regular

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    Hey

    I just bought my first Mac (arrives wednesday or something)..

    I wanna backup most of the stuff i have on my current PC (Win 7) - and i have a external drive for that.

    How do i ensure that the Mac will be able to "see" (read) the backup on this disk. I'm gonna format my PC and sell it, so not being able to read my only backup would pretty much suck! ;)

    The drive currently formatted in NTFS (pretty sure it was when i bought it) and it's a WD My Passport Essential..


    Thanks
     
  2. rasmusDoh thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Check out the various file systems here: MR Guide: File Systems

    NTFS-3G = Mac can read/write NTFS (Windows)
    MacDrive = Windows can read/write HFS+ (OSX)
     
  4. rasmusDoh thread starter macrumors regular

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    Think it would make things a bit easier, if i:

    Copied all the files from the external drive to my PC
    Installed MacDrive
    Formatted the disk in HFS+
    Copied back all the fles to the external drive

    Would this be a bit smarter for my switch to Mac or wouldn't it matter?
     

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