Windows External HD with Mac???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JB007TLD, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. JB007TLD macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2009

    I will be making the switch soon. The forums have been very helpful in answering questions. However I do have one question that I have not seen posted.

    I currently have a Maxtor 750gig external HD. I have all of my music and videos on the drive.

    When I get my Mac, I dont want to copy these files to the computer itself.

    But I know from trying to copy files to the drive from a buddys mac that the drive is not formated for mac and will not copy the files.

    Does anyone have suggestions for the easiest way to transisition?

    Would the folks at the Apple store be able to do it? Thinking of buying my Mac from Amazon to avoid sales tax, if I went that route what would they charge to do it?

    Any help would be great. Thanks.
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    If you want an external hard drive to work on Windows and Mac it needs to be formatted in FAT32
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Or you could install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G for read/write support of NTFS on your Mac. Or you could install MacDrive for read/write support of HFS+ (the default Mac filesystem) on Windows.
  4. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    You can read from a NTFS drive just fine (copy from windows drive to mac).

    Or you can use macfuse+NTFS as mentioned. Other alternative is Paragon NTFS.

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