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iomega Portable HD only readable on MAC. Help!


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Hi all guys, I am new here and new in the MAC world. I used PCs all my life but now in my new office I have to use MAC which is fine but I have a little communication problem with the 2 platforms MAC and Windows.

In few words, I bought yesterday a new hard drive Iomega Prestige Portable HD 320Gb and I have copied some files on it from my HP laptop with Windows Vista. I have to use all these files from the HD on the iMAC.

This morning I have opened the HD with MAC and I have used the file without any problem but now I cannot copy the upodated file from the iMAC to the HD again because seems that the HD on the iMac is only readable and not writeable.

I have to use this hard drive back and forward from WIN to MAC and vice-versa is that possible or am I doing something impossible?

If it's possible, how can i make the HD fully working on both platforms?

Thank you very much for all your help....and sorry for my bad english.


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Stock Mac OSX and most Linux does not write to an Windows NTFS formatted drive which I am sure the Iomega is. You have two choices.

First which version of OSX is on this new Mac? Is it a brand new Mac? If it's 10.6 Snow Leopard, you can enable Full Read/Write support right in OSX using NTFS Mounter.

Also you can format the Iomega drive FAT32 and both Windows and OSX will read/write to it. One drawback though is no single file can be larger than 4GB.

Can you post the specs on that new Mac and especially the OSX version?
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Hi dtravis7 and thank you very very much for your help.
I will try to format the HD again with a FAT32 however the computer I am usign is an iMAC, Model Identifier iMac5.1 Intel Core Duo the O.S. is Mac OS X 10.6.4

Do you need more info?

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Well you do have Snow Leopard and could use NTFS Mounter on the Mac and not format the drive. Up to you. It's free. I gave the URL in my other reply.
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Thank you very very much dtravis7, with NTFS Mounter everything works perfectly! I can use the HD on Win and MAC without any problem!

You saved my day, and also my future with MAC :-).

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I am just glad I could help you. If you need any more help down the line, remember our forums. We are here to help.
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Worked for me too!
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It's Mac, not MAC.

MAC is something else. Mac is short for "Macintosh" -- it's not an acronym.

Glad you got the issue fixed and hope you're enjoying your new Mac!
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