Initializing FireWire HDD from Mac OS to XP
Posted on 2004-08-31
This may be a simple question but if I get it wrong the implications are great so thought that I would check!
I have a FireWire HDD that has been used only on Mac OS9 machines. I want to mount it under Windows XP so that I can copy the data to a PC. When I plug in the drive and go to Disk Manager a wizard asks me do I want to initialize the drive. I understand that this just writes a Partition Table and Disk Signature to the disk but will it affect the existing data in any way? Also, will I be able to access the data from a Mac in the future if I do this? I really only need to access from the PC but I want to know if I can plug the drive back into the Mac and have it work again.
Looking forward to your answers.