Mac Pro :: External Backup Drive File System Readable By PC?

Sep 7, 2009

I'm considering using dedicated internal drive for TimeMachine backups and an external drive for an additional backup of photos, videos. Wondering if there is an option for formatting an external drive with a file system that could be read by a PC so that I could transfer images or videos by simply plugging the external drive into the PC.

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Windows On Mac :: Partitioning External Drive For Backup (NTFS File System)

Aug 20, 2010

Awhile back I bought a 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent Go external hard drive to backup my 218 GB PC. I used the automatic backup software that came with it and it works fine. After all this I purchased a MacBook Pro and now, instead of buying another drive and also considering there's plenty of space on the one I already have, I was wondering if I could possibly partition half the drive to be used as a backup with Time Machine without touching the other half. I plugged in the drive to my Mac and opened Disk Utility. It says it is a NTFS file system (I suppose that's normal).

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Applications :: Migration Assistant - Update Backup Bootable System Drive Image On External FW Drive

Sep 29, 2009

When I eventually upgrade to Snow Leopard, I'd ideally like to do a fresh install (I did Tiger>Leopard as an upgrade install), but I really don't want to have to go through the hassle of reinstalling all my apps afterwards. So, would the following work as a best-of-both-worlds alternative?

1. Update my backup bootable system drive image on my external FW drive
2. Wipe the drive in my MBP and do a fresh install of SL
3. Use the Migration Assistant to automagically copy all my data and apps over from the backup drive as if I was upgrading from an old Mac to a new one

On paper at least, it looks like it ought to "just work"... but I'm wondering whether or not Migration Assistant will work between a Mac and an external drive, or does it have to be between two actual Macs?

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OS X :: Set Up An External Hard Drive System That Will Automatically Backup Both Macs?

Apr 12, 2010

I am a new convert to Mac, and loving every minute. I use a 21.5 iMac and my wife uses a MacBook. I am trying to figure out the best way up set up an external harddrive system that will automatically backup both Macs. But I am also trying to figure out if I can store and access music through iTunes for both Macs.

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Jul 2, 2009

Just a quick question regarding external hard drives.

Does it matter what file system the hard drive is set to for me to be able to transfer data between the uMBP and the hard drive?

Currently, my 1TB external hard drive is in NTFS, but i understand Mac use FAT32? (Please correct me if I'm wrong)

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OS X :: Best Format For External Drive Readable In OS X And Windows?

Nov 3, 2008

I have an external drive that will need to be connected at different times to both my Mac (Leopard) and my Windows XP & Vista machines. I had it formatted for Mac OS (Journaled) but it wasn't readable in XP or Windows. So what is the best format so that all can read/write to it normally? NTFS? It needs to be able to handle larger files (4GB and bigger).

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Not Readable By Computer

Feb 8, 2010

I have an external hard drive that I have been using for back ups for several months, but now I get an error message that says, "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer". I looked up other peoples issues with this, and they have used things like disk warrior to fix it, but I am not very interested in saving what's on the hard drive anyways. I just want to clear out the hard drive and start fresh.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: External Drive File System No Longer Recognized

May 29, 2012

I backed up some movies for the kids onto an external drive (USB without power cord). Now when I plug it in, it does not even show up. If I try to look at it with the disk utility it sayd the file system is not recognised. Last time I accesed the disk was under leopard. Could it be that the change to lion has cut off access now?I do hear the disk start up when it plugs in and I have not seen any strange history with this disk before switching to Lion. (A drive of the same make but bigger and with power cord plus USB still works from before and after Lion). Small disk is Freecom 1TB (pocet size), Large disk is 2TB also Freecom but with powerfeed seperately.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Sep 24, 2010

I have had this WD "my book" ext. HD for about a year without a problem. Today after restarting the computer I got a notice, instead of the HD icon. On screen I got a box that said "the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer" below this was 3 options. Initialize, ignore, eject". I was afraid that initialize would erase or reformat the drive so I pressed eject, I've tried many times but still the same thing. Has my ext. HD died? Should I click initialize? All my backup data & time machine, music,etc., is on this drive, I don't know what to do.

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OS X :: How To Format External Hard Drive To NTFS To Make It Mac Readable

Jan 23, 2010

I can't manage to format my Seagate 500GB external HD correctly so it can be readable with my Macbook. I formatted like six times already in Windows 7 and XP to NTFS and still my macbook won't read it...only my Windows computers can read/write it. What am I doing wrong?

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Jun 2, 2014

when I insert my 'FAT' formatted external hard drive (Samsung M3) into my mac book pro it comes up with the error message that says "the inserted disk is not readable by this computer" and I therefore cannot access the files. The story (potential further details): 

1. I had a problem with my mac where it took hours to load each time I turned it on, would only work when power was plugged in etc. so I had to reformat my mac hard drive (when I tried to veriify it said repair, that wouldn't work). So i'm starting with a recently reformatted, clean mac. 

2. Before doing this I reformatted my external hard drive (whilst on windows machine) to FAT32 (so I can use on both windows and mac) so that I could back up my files. 

3. I then transferred files from mac onto external hard drive and then also put them on a windows machine. 

4. After reformatting mac hard drive when I then tried to transfer files back onto the mac I get the 'not readable' error. 

MacBook Pro, iOS 7.1

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MacBook Pro :: Toshiba External Hard Drive - This Disk Not Readable By This Computer Message?

Dec 8, 2009

I just bought a new 1 TB external hard drive for back up purposes. When i connect it via USB to my Snow Leopard macbook pro, it gives me a "this disk not readable by this computer message". I click ignore, and it lets me do whatever i want to the disk - read, write, etc. I have tried repair disk - tells me it's good to go, and tried reformatting several times - thought not zero disk data or the 7 pass bs.

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MacBook Pro :: Usb Drive With Fat32 File System Not Preserving File Permissions

Mar 15, 2012

When ever I copy some files or create a file in my external USB drive which is a FAT32 one. file permissions are not preserved. All files/folders has 777 are permission. Is this how it work in mac or am I missing something?

MacBookPro5,3, Mac OS X (10.6.5)

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Oct 28, 2010

I am installing an operating system through Virtual Box (a free alternative to VMware fusion) and I do not have a DVD/USB drive large enough to burn it to, so I need to make the ISO readable like a DVD would be for the program. I'm missing minesweeper.

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Intel Mac :: Using External Hard Drive As Both A Boot Drive And Timemachine Backup?

Mar 8, 2012

My internal 1TB hard drive on my iMac is dead and I don't have the money to replace it at the moment. I have everything backed up on an external 1TB drive using Time Machine. As a workaround for the time being,Is there any way I can install the system on the external drive and use that as the boot drive without erasing the Time Machine Backups?  It seems to me I would have to have two partitions for the external drive, one for the system, and one for Time Machine. But is there any way to add a partition without erasing the existing one with Time Machine only on it?  

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Jul 2, 2012

I would like to use FileVault to encrypt both my hard drive and time machine back up external drive. Does encryption noticeable slow down the computer.

MacBook Air (13-INCH, MID 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Sep 5, 2014

Basically I have a 750GB hard drive in my Macbook Pro and over 300GB is taken up with 'BackUp' data. This is more than the total of everything I have on the drive other than that. Time Machine has always been setup on an external drive and when searching all files on the Macbook there is nothing for backup files so don't know where it is coming from.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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MacBook :: Get Photos From Backup External Drive On To New Hard Drive?

Mar 27, 2012

How do I get photos from backup external drive on to my new hard drive on my MacBook

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Feb 26, 2009

I sent a Page document to the enemy (Windows) and they can't open the file. Do I have to unzip it for them, and if so, how do I do that.

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IMac :: External Storage / Backup - Disadvantages In Terms Of System's Performance?

May 8, 2009

Can anyone suggest which would be my best option for external backup? Would a RAID setup be good? I have two exactly the same hard drives laying around collecting dust, and would like to put them to use for an iMac. Could someone recommend a good external enclosure for these two? Which would be better - FireWire or USB2.0? I'm also interested in mirroring since I'd store important data on them, and want both drives to have a copy of each. Is there a disadvantage to that in terms of system's performance?

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Jun 30, 2014

How do I save a scan file in OS X Maverick properly? The file can be saved, but not readable.

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Hardware :: Read Only File System On External HD

Dec 3, 2009

I have a 1TB external HD being used for media. I have it connected to a Mac Mini which until recently was running Snow Leopard Client quite happily. This is my living room media centre. Last week I moved the Mini to SL Server for unrelated reasons. The external drive is now stuck as a "Read-only filesystem". I have tried every method known to Google and man to open the drive to no avail.

Some things you should know:
-The drive is called 'Monkey'
-*any* commands entered with sudo or as root that target Monkey are returned negatively as a result of 'read-only filesystem'. This includes chmod, chown, chflags, etc.
-diskutil cannot modify the volume: 'read-only filesystem'
-vsdbutil cannot modify the volume: something about the automount routine
-running 'ls -alO' produces the following (baffling) echo:
drwxrwxrwx 18 mediacentre staff - 680 27Nov 00:37 Monkey

This means that the volume apparently is fully read-write by all users and does belong to my admin user ("mediacentre") and should be accessible by other users of the machine and there are no flags? No Access? The drive has not been physically jumped to read-only (I even checked in case a housemate way playing a prank) and nothing has changed other than the computer which initially formatted the disk out of the box (i.e. the original owner was 'that' root) has been replaced. I've backed up the disk and am prepared to reformat the dang thing, but I can't even do that, since nothing can target my mystical read-only volume!

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May 15, 2010

I've been a Mac user for about 2 years now. It's a great OS. I currently have a 2008 (quad-core) Mac Pro that I will be selling to a friend. I've been saving up some money and will be buying an iMac (with money from Mac Pro) and a Gaming PC with my saved money. My Mac Pro currently has three drives in it - a 230GB drive with the OS, Apps, Music, etc; a 500GB drive with Movies, Photos, etc; and another 500GB drive with Windows 7 and games.

I have all my Mac files backed up onto a 1.5TB external drive (of which I have less than 1TB filed). My question is about file transferring. Will I be able to transfer the files from my backup Mac Pro drive to the new iMac? It has a 1TB drive so space isn't a problem. I'm just kinda worried about how the files will be transferred since it was copied from two drives and is going to be copied back onto a single drive.

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Aug 22, 2014

I want to download a new software for my mac but a message pops up and says it recommends i back up my files on time machine. Can you back up on an internal hard drive or do you need an external hard drive to do it?

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Sep 19, 2010

I want to buy an external backup drive for my '09 24" iMac with a 1.0TB internal drive running OS 10.5.8. I've been looking at this one from OWC - [URL]

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Dec 17, 2010

I have a Western Digital My Book World Edition as a NAS. I also got an external drive (a Western Digital Elements Desktop) to which I want to backup everything from the NAS, and then store it at a different location. My problem is that I can't find any software that does this, everything I find seems to work the other way around (using the NAS as a backup). It would be sweet to have the backup working as automatically and simple as possible, so when I wan't to backup my files the next time, it should only copy the files that have changed or are new. Is there a solution to this problem? I'm using a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard.

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May 15, 2012

I can't backup to external hard drive anymore.

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Jul 8, 2010

All of my music is on an external hard drive connected via USB. It is now showing that instead of having 80+gb of data there is zero and now a file that says USBC and some other characters. I tried running disk utility and it said "filesystem verify or repair failed". Music folders and files disappeared from external hard drive now showing USBc file.

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Mar 11, 2010

I am going to backup the main system drive though. I'm thinking shall I use Time Machine to back it up or use a 3rd party application to back it up and make it boot-able at the same time?

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Apr 20, 2012

My Macbook Pro hard drive failed. It is completely unrecoverable. I've purchased a replacement. How do I format the drive, install Lion and restore my system from my Time Machine backup?My Time Machine backup was created from a USB connection directly to my Macbook Pro.I have a Apple Lion USB Install Thumbdrive.

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