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My external drive dose not work with mac

I have transfered photos and mp3's from a windows pc with no problems, however it will not allow me to do anything on my apple mac

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Most likely the format is not supported by macs. Check whether if it's a NTFS formatting, if so a third party software is needed for the transder of data. Alternately, you could back up your files and re-format your disk to a exFAT or FAT32 format which macs will support!

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I have to admit I haven't used a Mac since high-school, but I can tell you that my first thought on this problem was "file system".

Most external HD's are formatted to be used on a Windows PC, and many are even formatted as NTFS. If this is the case, last I heard anyways, Mac OS doesn't support NTFS.

My suggestion is to use either machine to format the external HD (**you will lose all data on it**) as a neutral file system. By that I mean one which will work on both operating systems.

I could be wrong about this, and Mac OS may support NTFS, but if that's the case somone will be kind enough to correct me.

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