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External Hard Drive With A Imac G5


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#1 otter231

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 04:44 PM

I just purchased a G5 iMac, I have an external hard drive I was using with my PC. The Mac recognizes it but will not let me save to it. Is it possible to use the hard drive on both the mac and the pc? Thanks for your help

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:36 AM

What format is the drive? FAT32, NTFS, HFS+,..?
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:21 AM

The Drive is FAT 32 and I purchased a new Intel imac not a G5 sorry I am new

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 12:02 PM

I am by no means a Mac expert but I believe the mac hard drives have to be formatted to HFS+.
From what I understand the mac should be able use that FAT32 partition most of the time. So mac programs require HFS+ to work.
You could split your drive and format the second partition as HFS+ file format.
Are you sure it is FAT32? Mac can see NTFS it just cannot write to it. If you have XP you very well could have a NTFS partition.
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 04:14 PM

I will double check tonight and let you know thanks for your help

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 11:08 AM

It is formatted in NTFS, How do I make that FAT 32?

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:52 PM

Do you still have access to a PC? Connect it to your (Or anyones) PC and go to My Computer. Right click on the external drive and select Format. When the dialog box opens select FAT32 from the drop down menu. NTFS will be the default, but you should be allowed to choose.

Edit: WARNING!!! You will loose EVERYTHING on that drive when you format it. Move what you want to save to another drive or a CD\DVD.

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