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Re: Switching to a Mac
Your hard drive is probably formatted with the NTFS file system which is read only on MAC. The following article should guide you through making your drive writable on the MAC system. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/how-to-read-and-write-ntfs-windows-partition-on-mac-os-x.html
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If the drive is formatted for anything but a MAC, for example Windows, The drive will be seen but not data will show as the mac cannot read most Windows file systems. Try connecting the drive to a windows machine and see if the data can be read.
Have you tried plugging these two thumb drives into a different PC than this one? If so, are they recognized?
You have to remember that a MAC and a PC have two very different operating systems and, as such, see things - such as file formats - differently from each other. They are not automatically compatible.
What you have written to those two flash drives on possibly a PC will not necessarily be readable by a MAC computer. And you must be very careful, or you may have a problem trying to put them back into the original computer, if the MAC has scrambled the data.
Some solutions possible:
- First split the video in chunks <2GB to make them more compatible with older filesystems and networking technologies)
A) Copy the file over the network (e.g. using Windows Sharing on the Mac, or using File and Printer Sharing on Vista)
B) Try to do it via the MyBook. This means the Mac must be able to write something and Vista must be able to read it. You say you've "set up" the MyBook "for my macbook pro". How did you format it? What filesystem? Mac OS Extended (HFS+) with Journaling? In general, you need to install something on Vista to read the Mac's filesystem format (HFS+), or on the Mac to write a Windows format (probably best to use NTFS). Examples of software like that are:
(Win) MacDisk <http://www.macdisk.com>, MacDrive <http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive>
(Mac) MacFUSE with NTFS-3G <http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/>
or Paragon NTFS <http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/>
B2) If you've formatted the MyBook as FAT32, you're lucky. Just split the movie file in chunks <2GB, copy them to the MyBook, copy them from the MyBook in Vista and join the chunks again.
(for splitting you can use e.g. HJSplit and its compatibles <http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit/>)
(also check e.g. "NTFS on your Mac two ways" <http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/19/ntfs-on-your-mac-two-ways/> for an alternative explanation.)
If you have a hard-drive that is formatted as NTFS which stands for (New Technology File Ssytem), Mac OS X can only read the partition. It cannot write to it.
The trick is to use your drive manfacturer's disk-formatting software which will allow you to format your drive as one large partition. Formatting your drive as one large FAT 32 partition is the easiest way to make a drive so it can be used with both PC's and Mac's.
Another option is to use a third part utility so that you can read a MAC formated harddrive's from your PC. Here is one option: http://www.macdrive.com/.
click on the drive once so it highlighted. Hit the 2 keys apple and I. this will bring up a dialog box with the drives information. See if the drive is locked. Choose ownership and permission below and click on the padlock, you want read and write permissions and you will only need your system password to change this. Also check if the drive is formatted properly for Macintosh use. If there is nothing on the drive that is crucial, open DISK utility and format it for OS extended.