external hard drive mac/pc?

April 4, 2009 at 12:01:03
Specs: Macintosh
HI
I am trying to save or copy a file from my mac computer at school to my maxtor external hard drive. I mainly used my hard drive on my pc at home but now I can't save any mac files on it. but I can save it on my 8Gig flash drive but not my 500Gig external. I keep getting the message the drive can not be modified. I have used this before on a mac and pc why is it not working now? can someone help me????


aria


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#1
April 4, 2009 at 12:12:19
You could partition it into at least TWO partitions and then you MIGHT be able to do that.

I don't know squat about Macs so others may have better input.


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#2
April 4, 2009 at 12:35:56
HI,

Thank you for your reply, but do I need to reformat it before I partition it or not? I was thinking about backing up everything on another drive and formating on a mac and then, it would be cross platform ready. I've done this once before, but I don't have another 500Gig external to backup the 300Gig info that I have on there. I am looking for a way that I don't have to erase and reinstall... :(

I forgot to mention its set to work on a 64bit windows and I guess I have to change it to 32bit....

aria


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#3
April 4, 2009 at 12:43:13
If the 300GB on that drive is the only copy of those files you are a gambler. You should always maintain at least TWO copies of any files you wish to keep. Hard drives are mechanical/ electronic devices that are prone to eventual failure. External seem to fail faster than internal. Could be due to heat. At any rate, you have been warned.

You could fit another hard drive into the Mac I assume? Look at the link below. Don't knwo if the Mac uses SATA or IDE. So the link has a mixture.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCate...


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#4
April 4, 2009 at 14:05:18
I don't know, but I try not to save anything on my actual computer so it would work faster, I don't want to run out of cache space, so I put everything on my external. I have three external and I try to take good care of them. The mac at school I dont know if it uses sata or ide
how do I find out if its sata or ide?

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#5
April 4, 2009 at 15:51:46
Look at the system specs or open the case. Internal SATA drives have a red (usually) data cable that is about 3/8" x 1/8" in size. IDE drives use wide flat ribbon type cables.

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