5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2008 5:14 AM by The hatter
Clay520 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
A brand-spankin' new PC-to-Mac convert, I bought a 24" iMac with Leopard 10.5.1 yesterday and am in the process of transferring all of my files. I have a 200GB external hard drive where I keep all of my media files (mp3s for iTunes, avi movies, etc.), but it is in Windows NTFS format so the files show up as Read-only.

Is there a legitimate way to make my external HD compatible with Mac OS X without losing my lifetime supply of music and movies? I've read briefly that Disk Utility may be able to reformat -- is this true? If so, how do I this? If not, are there any other methods or options for reformatting?

Thanks in advance!

(One last tidbit -- if I drag a file or folder from the external HD to my Mac HD, it suddenly changes to Read & Write. Is it possible to temporarily move my 200GB of media to my Mac, reformat the HD, then transfer it all back? Just a thought...)

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)