Help reading WD external HD on Macbook and Windows computers

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  1. jobberone

    jobberone Let's go fishing Staff Member

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    Ok, I put some files on an OWC 1.36TB external HD I use on my iMac (at home in the states) and I'm in China and I need to get to those files. Actually I'd like to copy them from the OWC HD formatted in Mac OS extended to another external HD. I can read the OWC on the Macbook G4 I brought with me running on 10.4.11 but obviously I can't read the OWC on my Win7 laptop. I thought I had formatted the OWC with either NTFS or FAT32 but nope I screwed that up.

    I have an empty WD 1TB external HD I can use to dump the files from the OWC to but I can't get the Macbook with 10.4.11 to recognize the drive formatted with NTFS, FAT32 (64KB) or (32KB), or extFAT. I thought 10.4 would read and write to FAT32. What am I doing wrong? I can read and write to the WD drive find connected USB to my Win7 laptop BTW.

    Thanks.
  2. The Fonz

    The Fonz Correctamundo

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  3. kapolani

    kapolani Well-Known Member

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    Are you able to get to any Mac machines that have a virtual environment with Win 7 installed?

    Access the drive through a virtual environment and copy to the new drive.
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  4. jobberone

    jobberone Let's go fishing Staff Member

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    answer one is I don't think so; almost assuredly not. Answer 2 is what the heck is it, Edgar? **MIB**
  5. kapolani

    kapolani Well-Known Member

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    I have Macs and Window boxes at home.

    On one of my Macs I need to access window's applications.

    I have a program - Parallels - that allows me to run an instance of Windows 7 at the same time. In a nutshell, it creates a 'virtual environment' that is suitable to run Windows concurrently while running OS X.

    I just 'attach' my usb drive to the Win7 instance or vice versa depending on what file system I want to get to.
  6. jobberone

    jobberone Let's go fishing Staff Member

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    Thanks. Will try both.
  7. kapolani

    kapolani Well-Known Member

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