External Drive/ Ntsf or Mac??

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Carl - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:10 PM
 Carl - Jul 27, 2010 at 04:51 PM
Hello,

A vendor requested that I send him a Mac formatted external drive and I can't tell if the one I'm going to send is formatted for windows or Mac. Is there someway I can check other than going into the properties or worse, attempting to reformat myself? The drive is a NexStar.3 External 3.5'' used for holding Bluray content...

Thanks,
Carl



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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Jul 27, 2010 at 03:45 PM
If you have a Windows computer then you can't write to a Mac formatted hard disk unless you have special software. Macs can read Fat32 formatted hard drives written from a Windows computer but not NTFS files. You can use Windows 7 to reformat the hard drive to Fat32. Just don't format the C drive because you loose all the data.

Good Luck
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Thanks for the response however, I don't want to reformat the drive.. I was just wondering if there was a way I can tell how the drive I have is formatted. I pulled it from storage and I'm not sure if the last person who used it used a Mac or a PC to write to it. For example, I'm on a PC now and I can see the files that's on it however I can't open them.. Does this mean that it's formatted for a Mac? I hope I'm making sense... Thanks for the help!

Carl
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Carl - Jul 27, 2010 8:57pm BST
Thanks for the response however, I don't want to reformat the drive.. I was just wondering if there was a way I can tell how the drive I have is formatted. I pulled it from storage and I'm not sure if the last person who used it used a Mac or a PC to write to it. For example, I'm on a PC now and I can see the files that's on it however I can't open them.. Does this mean that it's formatted for a Mac? I hope I'm making sense... Thanks for the help!

Carl
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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Jul 27, 2010 at 04:12 PM
This works for Vista (it should be similar for Windows 7)
Right click "my Computer" then select "Manage" and then "Disk Management" you should get a screen showing your info for all the hard drives on the system.
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Thank you very much this works for me!!!!
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Thank you very much!!! This works for me-
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