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    Help with formatting HDD
    Hey guys,

    I just bought a new HDD (FAT32 format) and I want to transfer all my movies from my old HDD onto it. The problem is that I want the new HDD formatted in NTFS so that my TV will recognize it and I can watch the movies, but my old HDD with the movies is formatted in Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

    So currently it won't let me transfer the movies between HDDs (I'm assuming because of the different formats). So my question is, what it the best way in going about this?

    thanks for any help, this is really doing my head in.

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    The problem is that OSX can't write to NTFS, though it can read it. You need an NTFS driver, personally I'd get Paragon NTFS, in fact it's what I use all the time. It's a popular and robust choice.

    However, just be sure that your TV can handle NTFS most can only deal with fat32 formatted drives
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    The problem is that OSX can't write to NTFS, though it can read it. You need an NTFS driver, personally I'd get Paragon NTFS, in fact it's what I use all the time. It's a popular and robust choice.

    However, just be sure that your TV can handle NTFS most can only deal with fat32 formatted drives
    Ok thanks. Does this mean that the drive will play movies on both my MacBook and tv? Assuming that my tv recognises NTFS. Also are there any other good free program's out there that do what Paragon does?

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    Yes OSX can read both fine.

    There are free alternatives. Have a search on here for fuse and ntfs-3g but you'll also find that they can be a little unreliable. For $20 Paragon is stable and just works.
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    +1 for that advice. The Paragon driver is well worth the money in this case. If you go the free route choose carefully. Some of those programs have not been updated in quite some time
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    Hey guys,

    I downloaded Paragon and it seemed to work a charm. Formatted my new HDD to NTFS and put all my movies onto it, however now when I open the HDD up the folder with my movies is displayed as a volume, not a folder, and I can't see any of my movies. When I open the volume it just seems to refresh or open up a new window with the same volume.

    Any ideas on what's going on here? Hope I haven't lost all my movies.

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    I'm a little confused by "displayed as a volume, not a folder"

    Can you post a screenshot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    I'm a little confused by "displayed as a volume, not a folder"

    Can you post a screenshot?
    Sure.

    Those are meant to be folders, and I can't even open them. The title has also been changed in the Window with all those extra characters.

    Any ideas?
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    Can you show us how it looks in Disk Utility?

    After you copied the data to the disk did you connect the drive to anything else
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Can you show us how it looks in Disk Utility?

    After you copied the data to the disk did you connect the drive to anything else
    Sorry, is this what you mean?

    I connected it to my TV, but that's all.
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    Does your tv support NTFS? Maybe don't and only support fat 32.

    I'd suggest the TV is the most likely candidate for the corruption.

    Have you tried doing a repair?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Does your tv support NTFS? Maybe don't and only support fat 32.

    I'd suggest the TV is the most likely candidate for the corruption.

    Have you tried doing a repair?
    Yep, I just plugged it into the TV and it recognized the HDD and showed all the movies.

    I was just about to try and do a repair, and now my MacBook won't even recognize the HDD.

    I've tried using different USB slots, restarting my MacBook and my other HDDs work just fine. Not too sure what's going on here

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    So the TV shows the file structure ok and the movies play?

    What's the make and model of disk?

    Are you using the cable it was supplied with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    So the TV shows the file structure ok and the movies play?

    What's the make and model of disk?

    Are you using the cable it was supplied with?
    Yes, the TV shows the file structure and the movies play.

    This is the HDD.

    PB Tech - HDDWDX2510 : Western Digital Elements 1TB 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 External HDD ( WDBPCK0010BBK-PESN )

    and yes I'm using the supplied cable.

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    I think it may be worth uninstall, reboot, reinstall paragon NTFS.

    Did you try any other NTFS drivers before installing paragon?
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