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I have a 160G external 3.5" hard drive in a usb housing.

How can I gain access to it to write? I can only read the contents.

Its formatted NTFS and has been on windows PC

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You need to reformat it to Mac Format (HFS+) or to FAT-32. If you choose FAT-32 you can still use it on Windows if you desire, if you choose HFS+ you'll have to get a Windows App that allows Windows to read HFS+ or not use it on a Windows machine.

Either format can be done on your Mac, FAT-32 is simply called MS-DOS in Disc Utility when you select the format.


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well i have a Simple Tech External Hard Drive 250gb, which i loaded with all my music and pictures, is conected trhou USB , will i be able to move those files from the harddrive to a macbook without the formatting thing. or will i be able to play them throu the USB cables as im doing right now since i deleted them from my Internal Drive cuz im selling my computer and i done want to leave anything behind and in the mean time i have them in the External one
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What File system does it use?

We can't help you at all unless you can tell us.
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elbolao23, yes you can copy from the Hard Drive to the Mac and vice versa as long as it is not NTFS. If it is NTFS, you can copy from but not to the drive.


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ok thanks, it says that is NTFS
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Plug it into your PC and find out. It will tell you under the drives properties. If you originally formatted it with XP, I can pretty much guarantee it's NTFS.


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yeah u r right, thanks a lot bro

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