Help retrieving files from simpletech 320gb hard drive!
I have a pc and mac...in order to transfer files from pc to mac, i partitioned the external hard drive so that it could work w/both. a few weeks ago, i transferred all files from pc to the external hard drive...seemingly successfully. now, i've connected it to my mac...both drives appear on my desktop, but i cannot seem to find any of my transferred files. am i doing something wrong??
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On a Mac you generally have all the drivers you need built in. Would be very rare these days to download a special driver. Any drive plugged in to the USB port usually shows up.
Perhaps the drive needs formatting first. Often external drives are pre formatted for PC.
First...Open Drive Utility in Applications / Utilities Folder
Then Plug External Drive in.
It should show up in Left Column of DU Window
Use Drive Utility to format & test the drive.
Use the Mac OS Extended (Journled) if using with Mac files or FAT 32 if swapping data from PC to Mac & back.
You need to plug back in to mac. Th drive is formatted as MAC there for can only work with mac. If your pix are .jpg you can save them to a flash drive and put them on a PC. If not you will need to convert them to windows friendly format before you can copy them to your PC.
If the external hard drive has been formatted on a PC in NTFS file format then the MAC cannot read data off this hard drive. The FIX.. Connect the USB external hard drive to a Windows computer and copy your data off this hard drive to the computer. Then format the external hard drive in FAT32 file format. (the MAC can read and write to data to and from a Windows PC) Now copy the your data from the computer back onto the external hard drive. Now you can connect the external hard drive to the MAC and download your data to the MAC.
Yes, you can use the SimpleTech Pinafarina drive with your Macbook, you will need to format it for use first. Make sure you have all your data backed up as formatting will destroy your data. First, connect the drive to your Macbook and turn it on. Then open Disk Utility, you can find this by going to the Applications folder, then open the Utilities folder. Locate the drive on the left of the window, then choose the Partition Tab. Choose 1 partition where it says Current, then click on the Option button and change the partition map to GUID, click OK. Then choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) under the format dropdown menu. Click apply and OK and your drive will format for the Mac. The drive should now appear on your desktop ready to use.
Hello Kinoshia, It seems that Transcend external hard drive have different file system. This is because the Mac machine is not able to transfer the files on to external hard drive. Please format the Transcend external hard drive from Mac machine and then hard drive is ready to accept the data from Mac machine. The drive either has to be formatted for Mac( HFS & HFS+) or FAT32 partitions.
If you want to use Transcend external hard drive for both Windows and Macs than format the drive to be FAT32.
You may need to tell iTunes where your iTunes media folder location is. You can do this in iTunes, go iTunes>Preferences>Advanced Tab>Change button, then navigate to where your iTunes media is and choose this as its location.
Your Mac can't recognize the 320 because it's formatted as NTFS and Mac uses Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. You need to install one or two apps on the Mac; Crossover or Parallels, and then install the Windows software on the Mac you need to read and use the files.
At that point, some files which share file types in Windows and Mac could be transfered (jpeg, mp3-4, etc.)
Were you using this on a PC? it may be using Fat or NTFS. If it's seeing the drive and you can't use it, it may be the filing system, I believe macs use a different one than PC's. I would copy the files "if possible" to another flash drive or computer and just re format the 320 gig drive, the mac will install the right filing system for the drive and it should be good to go.