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    NTSF External Harddrve question
    I have a large hard drive which is formated NTSF since i was using it with a windows laptop, its full up so i don't have anyway of moving the data off and formatting it for my mac then putting the data back on it. I can read the drive on my mac i just cant write to the drive.

    Anyone know how i can just use this drive without formatting it for MAC.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrenMyster View Post
    I have a large hard drive which is formated NTSF since i was using it with a windows laptop, its full up so i don't have anyway of moving the data off and formatting it for my mac then putting the data back on it. I can read the drive on my mac i just cant write to the drive.

    Anyone know how i can just use this drive without formatting it for MAC.

    Thanks
    You should be able to read data from a drive formatted NTFS - I have never tried to write to one, but have never had any trouble reading the data.
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    Yeah, i can read the data, i just need to know how to write to it

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    I don't think you can.

    I had to move my data off the drive, format the drive as a FAT32 file system using the Disk Utility (in case I ever want to use it with a PC), then put the data back onto it.

    You will only ever be able read a NTFS drive, but FAT32 and Mac file sytems you will be able to read and write to.

    You'll need to find someway to back the data up, which may be a problem if there's a lot of it. Lots of DVDs perhaps? or do you know anyone with enough room on there PC/mac or external drive who could hold the data for you while you reformat?

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    yeah, thought as much, oh well just have to figure sommink out with another drive

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    Just tested that out..... I just plugged my 80 gig NTFS external drive that I used to use with my windows pc into MBP....I could see the drive and access files but could not move files to/from it.

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