urgent help. How to transfer files from external harddrive into macbook pro??

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  1. chariotofFIRE macrumors member

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    its a windows based maxtor harddrive 7200 rpm .. i wanted to transfer files from my old dell into my macbook pro.


    seems like nothing is popping up when i plugged my external into my usb port



    i need to transfer these files.. help !
     
  2. powerocool macrumors 6502

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  3. 66217 Guest

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    Not even appearing in Finder (in the sidebar)?

    It may nto appear in the desktop necessarily.
     
  4. Tech607 macrumors member

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    have you tried looking in the disk utility to see if it is showing up in there and just needs to be told to mount (Just a long shot).

    Also to be more practical you could install the drivers for that hard drive. maybe get them off of the Maxtor site. It sounds as if the Mac has no drivers for the device and does not recognize it as a result.

    I could be wrong but that is my take.
     
  5. chariotofFIRE thread starter macrumors member

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    Have you tried Tech607 advice?

    Try seeing if it appears in Disk Utility.
     
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    Do you still have the Dell to connect the external to? And do you have wireless internet?
     
  9. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to know. I have a WD 120GB external HDD. NFTS format.

    Can I just hook it up? Am I allowed to copy over files from that HDD? I hope so because my current computer has USB 1.1 and copying everything through that would take HOURS.
     
  10. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    No. OS X will not recognize a drive formatted in NTFS. You need to either load it through Windows, or transfer the files elsewhere temporarily, reformat the drive as FAT, and then move the files back. FAT will allow your hard drive to be recognized by BOTH windows and OS X, which imho is much more efficient than partitioning half your drive for windows in NTFS and half for OS X in FAT.
     
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    Wrong, OS X would recognize the drive. And you would be able to read, so you may copy from your external to your Mac HD. The only limitation is that you can't write in it.
     
  12. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    You got me on a wording error. By 'recognize a drive' I meant being able to do everything you would want to do on a external hard drive, including reading/writing from it. From my experience with 3 NTFS externals, they were detectable, but displayed an error "You do not have the authority to access this file" upon reading and writing.
     
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    I just need to copy files from it. The external has all my music and movies and such. I want them on my MacBook. Then, Im'ma give back the external to this computer.
     
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    So, it will indeed be able to copy from the NFTS?
     
  15. 66217 Guest

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    Yes.:)
     
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    Alright. Good. Thanks!
     

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