New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Accessing data from Windows XP on external hard drive


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
jiminau2010

 
Member Since: Jun 04, 2013
Posts: 4
jiminau2010 is on a distinguished road

jiminau2010 is offline
Backed up all documents from PC running XP Home Edition to external hard drive before throwing machine out the WINDOW (pun intended). Plugged external hard drive into iMac running OS 10.6.8 fully updated and APPLE computer wants to "format" the hard drive which would erase all data. Files are MS Word, MS Excel and Outlook. Is there a work around to save my files for access on the iMac?

Ta
Jim
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 39,437
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
Quote:
Is there a work around to save my files for access on the iMac?
It sounds like the external hard drive with your Office files has been formatted to NTFS. However, even if it is formatted to NTFS, your Mac should be able to read the drive and allow you to copy the Office files. Having said that, it may be that the drive is having problems. Do you still have your Windows machine? If you do, attach the external, and run repair on it. You do that from a command prompt by typing in "chkdsk \f d:" (or whatever drive letter the external has been assigned)
QUOTE Thanks
MacInWin

 
MacInWin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2008
Location: Winchester, VA
Posts: 2,284
MacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: 2011 MBP, 2008 iMac, iPhone 4S, iPad (Retina), 13" MBP and MacMini

MacInWin is offline
By "backed up" do you mean you used some application in WIndows to back them up, or did you just copy them to the drive? If you used some software to back up the files, you'll need to somehow get that software to extract them. If, however, all you did was copy, then all you have to do is connect the drive, then when it wants to format it for OSX say no (I don't have any NTFS drives, so I can't tell you exactly what the command for "no" is, but it should be there somewhere) and the drive will mount as read-only. You can then copy the files from the drive to your internal drive, or to a Mac-formatted external drive and use them as you want. If you want to keep the external drive formatted for Windows (NTFS) then you need a third party product to get OSX to read AND write to NTFS. Most of us here recommend Paragon NTFS for that purpose.
QUOTE Thanks
MacInWin

 
MacInWin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 07, 2008
Location: Winchester, VA
Posts: 2,284
MacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to beholdMacInWin is a splendid one to behold
Mac Specs: 2011 MBP, 2008 iMac, iPhone 4S, iPad (Retina), 13" MBP and MacMini

MacInWin is offline
Dang, beat me to it!
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 39,437
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
Happens to me all the time. But your reply was needed anyway because it added additional information that I did not in my post. Good show.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Goggle mail | Pop - ad.yieldmanager »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Help! I need to transfer data from my MacBook Pro to an external hard drive aurenem Apple Notebooks 3 07-30-2011 10:23 PM
Windows 7 & Boot Camp on hard drive upgrade questions Islamabad Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 1 07-04-2011 08:58 PM
Data Partition: Using a FAT32 Partition to exchange data between Mac and Windows XP MartinT Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 9 11-12-2009 02:56 AM
Creating backups and bootable images... 2kx2 Switcher Hangout 4 05-26-2007 08:53 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:21 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?