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    EHD' with an iMac

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    EHD' with an iMac
    I am a digital scrapbooker and have 5 EHD's(4 Iomega & one older Maxtor)
    that are formatted for my dell laptop to see.(only has a 60GB HD)
    Is my new iMac going to see them and can it both read and write to them or
    am I going to have to empty one and reformat it for Mac? I think I read that
    it can read them.
    I have 4 Iomega drives bought between 2007-2010. Maxtor bought in 2004
    Also one is a firewire or USB connection. Will the firewire plug on the iMac be the same?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    EHD' with an iMac
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    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    As your EHD's have been setup for working on your Dell laptop I can safely assume that they are formatted as NTFS. Now Apple computers cannot natively write to NTFS they can only read. If you want to use them on both your iMac and Dell laptop then you either need to format them all to FAT32, or download a program like "Paragon NTFS for Mac" available from below link. It does cost $19.95 but you can try it first.

    PARAGON Software Group - NTFS for Mac, communication channel between Mac OS X and Windows

    Hope this helps,

    - Simon

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    EHD' with an iMac

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    Thanks so much, Simon.
    Have a great day. I voted for MoTM.

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    EHD' with an iMac
    Buzzard2010's Avatar
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    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    No problem at all... cheers aswell

    - Simon

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    May 2011
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