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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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  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    well..if this works for you, and you can make more than one of them, you'll be a rich man. The operating systems for mac and pc are quite unique, and usually, placing the files on a disk, does NOT make for ease of access..wish it weren't so.

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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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