Used and full External HDD from windows to Mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by michial, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. michial macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    I bought and filled up a 2gb HDD while using my Dell Windows PC. I just bought an iMac and want to hook up the HDD but when I click on the DMG the WD Smartware window pops up indicating there is no writable partition available and will not show any of the audio/video files on the HDD.

    I really dont want to have to buy another 2GB HDD, format it for mac and then transfer it all onto it.

    Is there a workaround of any sort to retain what is on there and somehow create a partition or something for it to work?
  2. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    You need to share more information. For example, what exact model of that WD drive do you have? Do you know what it's formatted as now (for example, FAT, FAT32, NTFS)?

    You can't read from it or write to it when attached to the Mac? Is the Mac even seeing it (does it show up in Finder)?

    Have you visited the WD website, looked up that model in support, and see if there is anything there related to attaching it to Mac?

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