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I can't restore pc formatted external hard drive back to Mac use

I bought a 320GB external hard drive. The manual explained clearly that it is both for pc nd mac, but to use for pc you need to format it. Because all that I wanted to back up was in the pc, I formatted it and ri is nicely usable on the pc but now it does nota pprear to work with the mac , it canot be displayed atallWhat can I do, beacause I sold the pc my only laptop is the macStephen Gulumba, Malawi please help

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You probably formatted your harddrive in NTFS. NTFS is a so called "file system", but it is designed by microsoft, it only works on microsoft systems and on some linux distributions. However it is not compatible with mac.
So what now? You can go and find software that makes your mac ntfs compatible, or you could backup the files on a windows computer, format your drive in FAT32 and copy the files back to the drive. Take a look at this: http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/ That should make your mac NTFS compatible.
good luck!

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