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Why won't My external Hard drive work on a Macintosh

I just bought a new western digital 250 GB 2.5" external hard drive with no external power supply. I formated it on windows vista but need to back up info on a Mac as well which it does not work on. Whenever I try to drag and drop to the icon it says that this item is unchangable. Please help, the only reaon I bought this was to back up items from all my computers.

Did I format it improperly or with a particular setting?

thanks in advance!

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Don't worry just download NTFS-3G for mac its free. Then you will be able to write to Windows NTFS formatted hard drive and drag and drop. Just search for it on www.sourceforge.net

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You probably formatted it with an NTFS filesystem. The Mac won't read NTFS drives. You will need to reformat the drive (after backing up the data that's on it) with a FAT32 filesystem. AFAIK FAT32 is the only filesystem that can be read by both Mac and Windows.

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  • wells2452 Sep 07, 2011

    Initially my WD drive was not seen on PowerBook g4. Then, it worked on Pc. I formatted and it probably formatted with NTFS. I have backed up some files on my Pc, but would like to back up my Mac files as well. Can i reformat to a Fat32 and not lose everything? In addition, do I need to select to reformat as Fat32, how is that done?

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