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mac: ntfs hard drive not mounted, how to reformat to Journaled HFS+ and keep data

I have recently connected a hard drive to my mac pro and im not able to use it because its formatted in ntfs whilst the other drive containing the OS is formatted to Journaled HFS+. The message im getting says it isnt mounted; can you guys help me by pointing me to the reight resources or explaining what to do.

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possible duplicate of mac: ntfs hard drive not mounted, how to reformat to Journaled HFS+ and keep data (User was sent to SU and made another thread before his original topic was moved). –  Daniel Beck Dec 21 '10 at 8:07

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Depends - do you want to save the data that is already on the drive? If not, just go into the Utilities folder in Applications, find the Disk utility. In it, there is a format option that will allow you to select that drive, destroy the unreadable volume on it - and reformat it whatever Mac-compatible file system you desire.

If you DO want to keep the data, you will need to hook the drive up to a Windows machine, back up the data to a CD or DVD, then wipe out the drive using the directions above, and use the DVD or CD to restore the files to the newly formatted drive.

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I want to keep the data thats on the ntfs drive; can i just image the drive and retrieve the data from the image? if so what tools will i need? –  slex Dec 20 '10 at 21:29

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