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Opening files from an old PC external hard drive on Mac?

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Is there a way to make it so that my old PC external harddrive can be opened on mac? I don't want to reformat it because then I would lose all of the data, but I would like to be able to open the pictures inside and maybe even transfer it to another external hard drive that is mac compatible.

 

If I can't do this then how are old PC users who have converted to Mac dealt with this compatibility problem?

MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,770 points)

    Yes, there are apps like PARAGON for NTFS drives

     

     

    The easy way is to purchase another HD, theyre cheap as dirt

     

     

    OR offload all that data onto your PC, THEN format the HD for EXFAT so that both PC and Mac and read and write to the HD

     

     

     

    recommend against using application route for reading from a "PC" format NTFS ext. HD.

     

     

    as said HD are cheap as dirt, consider getting another and formatting it for BOTH PC and Mac

  • hands4 Level 4 Level 4 (2,215 points)

    > I would like to be able to open the pictures inside and maybe even transfer it to another external hard drive that is mac compatible

     

    OS X will read from (but not write to) an NTFS disk without any special software.  Purchase a second external HD. Format it MacOS Extended (jorunaled) and then copy all the data from the NTFS disk to the MacOS disk.

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