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    NTFS IDE drive and Mac pro
    Hi all

    Work bought me a new Mac Pro - 2.66Ghz Quad Core - thanks Boss

    I have a 250Gb NTFS format IDE 3.5" drive that I've taken out of the old PC - and it has about 150Gb of data that I need to get onto the Mac Pro somehow.

    The guy who installed the new beast for us says the drive won't physically fit into the Mac pro.

    He says the Mac Pro should read the NTFS drive ok but won't write to it - which is fine - I just need to get the data off.

    I've tried connecting it via USB using an "Easy IDE" USB converter - but the Mac Pro doesn't see it.

    Any ideas?

    Ta
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    Why will it not physically fit? Is it IDE rather than SATA ?? Or is it an earlier SATA drive that had the connectors in a non standard position?

    Can you not just fit it into a PC and connect the two computers together with a cross over cable?

    External IDE or SATA enclosure should work - it did for me
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    It's IDE.

    The "Easy IDE" device I have is basically a temporary enclosure and connects via USB -but my Mac Pro doesn't see it.

    It's looking like I may have to track down a PC to get the data off

    Thanks for your help - much appreciated.
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    The USB encosure method should definitely work, I use this all the time. Click the Apple menu and choose About this Mac, then click the More Info button. When the app appears have a look in the USB section and see if the device is being recognised.
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    Cheers mate - will try that.
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