1. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    Next week my very first iMac (27 inch, 5K) will be delivered to my front door... and I'm wondering, will I be able to copy the backup data that I created on my Windows NTFS external harddrive, to my new iMac harddrive?
    I have absolutely no experience with OSX yet, so I'm kinda in the wild in the area I guess.
    08-23-2015 07:53 AM
  2. HankAZ's Avatar
    Next week my very first iMac (27 inch, 5K) will be delivered to my front door... and I'm wondering, will I be able to copy the backup data that I created on my Windows NTFS external harddrive, to my new iMac harddrive?
    I have absolutely no experience with OSX yet, so I'm kinda in the wild in the area I guess.
    OS X will read NTFS partitions natively, but you cannot write to them using OS X. You will need a third party utility (Paragon or Tuxera). I have also heard of this, but never used it:

    Write to NTFS in Mac OS X Yosemite using Free Utilities - TechEntice
    08-23-2015 10:35 AM
  3. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    Ok, shouldn't be too much of a problem I guess...
    - My idea would be, to extract the NTFS backup on my external harddrive, and copy it to my OSX harddrive... would that work, and would it than be fully functional within OSX??
    08-23-2015 11:36 AM
  4. HankAZ's Avatar
    Ok, shouldn't be too much of a problem I guess...
    - My idea would be, to extract the NTFS backup on my external harddrive, and copy it to my OSX harddrive... would that work, and would it than be fully functional within OSX??
    Again, you cannot write to an NTFS partition with native OS X. But everything else should be fully functional.
    08-23-2015 11:38 AM
  5. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    Oops, sorry... I forgot to mention, that I would like to extract the NTFS backup on my external harddrive, and copy it to my OSX harddrive.
    But from that point on, use AirPort to create the new backups.

    - If I extract the NTFS backup from my original external harddrive to my new OSX harddrive, would all the files be fully acessible (read/write) WITHIN OSX??
    The new backups from that point onwards, will be made to AirPort.
    08-23-2015 11:41 AM
  6. HankAZ's Avatar
    Oops, sorry... I forgot to mention, that I would like to extract the NTFS backup on my external harddrive, and copy it to my OSX harddrive.
    But from that point on, use AirPort to create the new backups.

    - If I extract the NTFS backup from my original external harddrive to my new OSX harddrive, would all the files be fully acessible (read/write) WITHIN OSX??
    The new backups from that point onwards, will be made to AirPort.
    Yes, with everything on the OS X hard drive, you should be good to go. Can't think of a reason it wouldn't.
    08-23-2015 12:11 PM

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