Using PC formatted drive with Macbook?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Heathen, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Heathen macrumors newbie

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    Is it possible? I have a 500 Gb Maxtor external drive, formatted to a desktop PC. It is home to iTunes and the iTunes library, among other things. It's fairly full, so there's also a portable 1Tb Seagate drive, with more music and video connected to the PC. Since it was older than the Macbook, I've been using it to update my Ipod and Ipod touch. But now the PC won't "see" the Maxtor drive.

    I want to connect the Maxtor and Seagate drives to the Macbook, but don't want to go in blind and have a disaster. Can I just plug the Maxtor in to the Macbook and have it work seamlessly, despite the PC formatting? The Maxtor also has an older version of iTunes on it. Will that iTunes and the iTunes on the Macbook clash? If connecting the Maxtor is a problem, is there anything I can do? If I ever get the Maxtor to be "seen" by the PC, I'm going to move the iTunes library to the Seagate portable. But this isn't looking likely.

    Also, since I didn't have to format the Seagate portable, would that mean there wouldn't be a problem connecting it to the Macbook?

    Thanks for your help! I'm really missing mobile podcasts :(
     
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  3. Heathen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm still running Snow Leopard, OS X V.10.6.8. But I'll check it out further.
     
  4. Heathen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    A Frustrating Experience

    Yes, I bought it and installed it. Twice. After the first time I connected the NTFS external drive. A msg screen appeared & informed me that it couldn't read the drive. I was presented with the options of eject, ignore or initialize. I looked for the software presence in the Applications, and eventually other folders. Nothing but the install/uninstall & manual in the downloads folder.

    I repeated the install, and the Macbook repeated everything else. I put in a support request 3 hours ago, no answer so far. They only do support via email, but apparently you can pay for customer support. I connected to the paid customer support and reached the tech's voice mail. While I was trying to get customer support was the first instance of finding out they had a trial for the software. I had already paid for it.

    I opened the disk icon, and found a document in the library/application support/Paragon Software. It was a document titled NTFS10, and contained this: c4d40b6cc311e05a0576d45c32fc304c77719e8c5b5349c0c4ece09d89d95412bbdc2f35e70661ad766ef912191ae99074119a37690abfd3064e466c181669424218953c0afe8ac88db54335b902d8f1c8a3b8400595f66e359d870810ed1a7337dd3eba203df15d38e194db3a73a5bd7a63b10e227b1a459ea31c5828066d7b

    I feel like giving up on the Macbook and going upstairs to work on the old PC desktop. I've never had anything install (yes, I typed in my password to make changes, am the sole user of the Macbook, registered the software) in a PC before and simply disappear, no icon, no presence, nothing, without some sort of warning or information message before. Nothing on this computer is helpful, and even the "help" isn't helpful. :(




     

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