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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 12:51 pm 
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I have old IDE drives that have kids pics I would like to access. I do not have a Windows pc. Is it possible to access the data on old IDE drives with an IDE to USB adapter cable using my Imac running Parallels?

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 2:57 pm 
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FAT format is default for older Windows versions, but NTFS is more efficient and can accommodate larger drive sizes.
The Parallels feature of Apple should not have much of a problem, if set up properly.
http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?s ... 5043253506
You would need a self-powered external enclosure for the older drives, if they require a +5 volt and +12 volt supply.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:47 am 
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Yes, you can. You don"t even need Parallels because OSX has read-only NTFS support so you will be able to read the disk directly from OSX.

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 11:48 am 
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what if the ide drives are FAT32?

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Should be no problem, either way.
FAT32 is default for Windows versions up to 98SE. Windows 2000 and XP can work with FAT32, but NTFS is preferred.
FAT32 is also default for most flash drives and external "pocket" drives. About 32 GB is the maximum for a FAT32 partition, and the maximum file size on a FAT32 drive is 4GB.

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What OSX will handle out-of-the-box:
http://guides.macrumors.com/Drives_and_Filesystems
and then for read/write on NTFS:
https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/wiki/NTFS-3G

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