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Hello

I've just changed over to an apple iMac and have a lot of photos and data stored on an HD Elements external hard drive.
I understand I need to reformat the EHD as it is currently formatted NTFS for windows.
My question is, how do I open the EHD on my mac to save the stored data before I reformat it? The reformatting I get, but not what to do with the files before I reformat it.
Sorry if this is a really dim question but I'd hate to lose my files.

Many thanks for your help
 

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M1 MacMini 16 GB - Ventura, iPhone 14 Pro Max, 2015 iMac 16 GB Monterey
Plug the drive into your Mac. The Mac should be able to read files on the drive with few/no problems. You can then copy the files to another drive.
 
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Thanks for your reply Slydude.

I plugged it in, clicked on finder and then devices but with no luck.

Any other suggestions?
 

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Go to Finder Preferences and click the General tab. Make sure that "external disks" is checked. That might not be the issue but worth a shot.
 
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late 2012 mini w/SSD
And give us more details - what year/model iMac? OS X version?
Does the EHD have its own power supply?

The fact that you can't see the drive immediately upon plugging in USB is a concern!
 

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