Any way to read a PC formatted drive on a mac?

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  1. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    I don't want to install those programs that run windows, but I do have a few drives i'd like to get data off and onto my mac. The drives were from my old PC. Any way to copy data from those to the new mac drives?
     
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  3. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Hmmm its unable to exit without error while partitioning.
     
  4. TheWeasel

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    Just plug them in and copy the data off of them. Macs can read NTSF formatted drives, they just can't natively write to them.
     
  5. Ty Webb

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    No worky. Wants to format the drives.
     
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    is it still in the old computer? Can you hook it up and network connect to it? Or is it a bare drive you're trying to connect it to?

    Im trying to remember what to do when this happens because I remember this being an issue that I had to work around for it to just mount.
     
  7. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Bare drive. The old desktop is pretty useless and hacked up. I slid it in my 3rd hot-swap bay in my mac pro but I think I fucked it up now.
     
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    Is it the HD that had the OS on it? That's probably why it is asking you to format it. If it was just a data drive, it should read it just fine. I still think for some of these windows HD's, that they need to be running on a windows machine and you can network connect into it and pull the files.
     
  9. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    No it's not. It was extra storage. Mainly my porn and other misc things.
    Once installed it asked to be formatted, I said ignore.
     
  10. TheWeasel

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    Try mounting and um-mounting it a couple more times. Sometimes OS X incorrectly flags a drive as being unreadable and you just have to try a couple more times.
     
  11. MikeTheVike1

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    hmm, if you find a solution let me know...I'm going to try and hook my old pc hd up to my mac to get some files off of it. Didn't realize it was going to be a problem...
     
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    I've never plugged an NTFS drive into a MacPro, but I have connected laptop drives to MacBook Pros and they recognized it every time. Only difference is that I used a hard drive reader, but I don't see how this is any different. It should work without any further configuring.
     

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