Mac & Windows Compatible File System & Drive?

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  1. frank7

    frank7 Registered Member

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    Helping a friend get her data off and old Mac and shifting it to a new Pc. Did some research and in the end got this Seagate drive because of good reviews but also because it says on the site: "NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive".

    Quite disappointingly and to my surprise the drive did not work out of the box with the Mac OS X Version 10.5.8 Build 9L31a, 2.13 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3. Plugged it in the "new" Pc, a Lenovo T420 laptop, and it had read and write access without a flaw. This was also somewhat embarrassing for me since I said it would work out of the box, relying on what Seagate advertised.

    After a bit of back and forth she unplugged the drive she uses for connecting to the TV where she uploads movies from the old Mac but also from another friends HP/Pc laptop. There she said she can save movies from both boxes with out any issues.

    As a test we plugged it into the old Mac and it did read it perfectly fine, then in the T420 and bang that worked 100% as well and this was an old old little Samsung drive. It is the Samsung S2 Portable 320GB HXMU032DA/G3. Kinda funny that this worked out but the brand new freshly ordered and unboxed Seagate Backup Plus Portable 1TB drive did NOT work.

    Now I would like to make this new Seagate drive compatible between Mac and Windows as well.

    What do I need to know and where do I start? I assume I need some sort of driver?

    Thank you for any help with this.

    Best Regards
     
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  3. frank7

    frank7 Registered Member

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    Does this include downwards compatibility with Mac OS X Version 10.5.8? Might be that the issue with the Seagate drive is that the Mac is version 10.5.8.
     
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