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Help! Macbook Not Seeing All Files on PC-Formatted Hard Drive

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My apologies is this question was answered before, as I couldn't find the answer doing a search.

When I connect my PC-formatted hard drive to my Macbook, it connects fine, the icon shows up on the desktop, and I can access it and all of the files in it THAT ARE SHOWING UP perfectly fine.

The strange thing is, that only a fraction of the files are showing up that are actually on it. I have over 100GB of .jpg files organized into various folders on it, and when I plug the drive into my PC, all of them are viewable and accessible. But when I plug the drive into my Macbook, it only shows a fraction (1GB only) of the total files on it. When I "Get Info" to look at how much of the drive is being used, my Macbook reports that only 1G is being used and that the rest of the drive is free space, while on my PC all of the files and 100GB of usage is all there.

What gives? I would say that 99% of the files on the drive are of the same type (.jpg), and they are organized into standard folders. Some folder show, some folders don't. And even within the folders, some files show, some files don't, even though they are the same format. Why is it doing this?

My goal is to copy a lot of my pictures onto my Macbook so I can do a photo project in there, but I can't find them when I plug into it. Please help!!!
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Install NTFS-3G. NTFS for Mac at Tuxera

Eject and re-plug your NTFS formatted hard drive.

You should be able to read/write onto it, and you should be able to see all the files.

Eschew obfuscation.
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thanks Neil! i'll give it a try and let you know how it works out
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Thanks again, it worked great! I can now see all of the files on the drive.

Just for my educational purposes, do you or anyone else know exactly why it chose to see some files and folders, and not others, especially when they were in the exact same format taken by the exact same camera?
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