Using External from OSX on XP?

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  1. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    SO I have my external HD I use for torrents and such with my MacBook. But I am home for break and wanted to plug it into my XP machine and just let all my torrents seed here.... will this work? I plugged it in and the safely remove hardware thing shows up but I can't find the HD anywhere in my computer?
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    thats becuase Windows cannot read a Mac OS Extended (HFS) formated drive. take a look at this article to decide how you could get your data on an HFS formatted drive in Windows.
     
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    I don't think either XP or Vista are capable of reading a Mac OS Extended formatted drive. The only way to have it visible to both Macs and PCs would be to have the drive formatted as FAT32. NTFS would also be a possibility if you have MacFUSE installed on your Mac.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    As richthomas says, Windows can access HFS-formatted drives using appropriate drivers.
     
  5. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet... checking out MacDrive now:D
     
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  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    If I remember correctly, you could also backup the data and reformat the drive to FAT32. Both Leopard and Windows can read FAT32.
     

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