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Im trying to play a song using my external hard drive that is formated for pc on my mac and i got a error 43.

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I don't think mac will recognize an ntfs (windows) format disc not unless it is formatted as FAT. you could install NTFS for mac if you want mac to read windows formatted disc.

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