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    Jun 21, 2009
    Accessing My Files on an External Hard Drive
    I have an Aluratek External Hard Drive that I used to back up my files on my old PC. I have some files (Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, MP3s) that I would like to access on it however my iMac does not recognize the external drive.

    I did check out the manual online:

    It does give instructions to make it accessible for Apple Products. However, I think I would have to reformat the entire drive before doing so.

    My question, is there a way to access these files on my external HD without reformatting it first?

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    What mac are you using, is it a laptop?

    The Mac can read and write FAT32 drives and read Windows NTFS drives, so the Mac recognising the drive should not be a problem.

    Have you tried it with the drive's power adaptor attached, there may not enough juice from the USB port to power the drive
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    Jun 21, 2009
    It worked after plugging the extra power adaptor. Thank you!

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