JuSlaughter wrote in post #10665312
This might be really dumb question
I currently have a Windows 7 machine with a couple of external hard drives and a media hub.
If I were to change to a Mac, would my external drives and media hub work as they are or would they need formatting in some way so the Mac would read them?
Sorry if its a stupid question
If you were to change over, the likely answer is the drives would be read only, third party NTFS drivers for OSX don't like a lot of features of NTFS, and may break the file system (i've heard it happen once, so not very common, but can happen). But since most drives now come NTFS formatted, unless they are "for Mac" drives, you are likely running NTFS.
If you already have W7 though, why bother with OSX? Unless you NEED to use Final Cut, there's no reason to switch OSes (other than personal preference, but if you don't already have a OSX, being "cool" is the closest thing to preference you can have for it), and plenty of reasons NOT to switch. Lack of eSATA on hardware (if you have eSATA drives, you will need to revert to slow USB or slightly faster but slower than eSATA FB800), most programs will need to be repurchased or formally transferred (usually a fee associated, and only valid on the newest version), will need minor changes to your network if you are using W7 homegroups or DLNA, etc.
EDIT: In case people forgot, OP included "media hub". This generally means a networked drive, sharegroup, or home server, not all of which work properly on OSX without changing some settings (though most networked drives should work just fine). My comments are much more relevant than mindless personal attacks.
I don't hate macs or OSX, I hate people and statements that portray them as better than anything else. Macs are A solution, not THE solution. Get a good desktop i7 with Windows 7 and come tell me that sucks for photo or video editing.