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External HD issues (PC vs. Mac)

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Hi, I've got a desktop PC with an external HD nearly full, and a new Macbook. When I try to hook up the HD to the Macbook, it insists that I need to reformat the drive (presumably because it's only been used with the PC up till now). I realize the NTFS formatting that exists on the HD, but I'm terrified that reformatting the HD will erase the entire thing and lose all my work. Any ideas?
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You can consider using NTFS-3g.
It allows you to read and write to the HD with NTFS format.
Hope this may help^^
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Formatting your external drive will certainly erase all your data. Can you copy it to your mac then reformat it before copying your data back again?

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Sawday - not nearly enough room on the Mac, I wish I could do that!

How do you use NTFS-3g?
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