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External Hard Drive Issue

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Hello, I am new to this forum and relatively new to my iMac.

I recently bought a hard drive to save various things on it, but mostly movies and videos. When I bought the hard drive and plugged it in to my Mac, I was unable to save anything to it and so I formatted it not knowing what was wrong. When I did that I formatted it into a Mac OS extended (Journaled) format and was able to save things to it. I also have a media player to watch videos from my hard drive on my TV.

So when I plugged in the hard drive, the media player says it cannot recognize it. I also plugged it into my laptop (running Windows XP) and it doesn't recognize it either.

Can anyone tell me what I need to do to get it to run on all the systems I have. It doesn't bother me to re-format if that's what I need to do, but I do need to know what to do.

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I am in a bit of a hurry as I am in the military and about to deploy (another reason to get it to work on my laptop). Thanks for your help in advance!!
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thanks for the help!!

so if i download a NTFS driver, do i need to reformat my storage drive?

thanks again!!
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No reformat is necessary if you choose to install an NTFS read/write driver.

Here's a link to get one by the way:
NTFS for Mac at Tuxera

On that note, do consider FAT32 as any third-party NTFS writer is NOT written by Microsoft and cannot be considered as reliable. You'll probably be fine, but if you keep NTFS, keep a good and current backup as well.

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