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Old 05-11-09, 02:03 PM
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External HD formatting issue.

Problem: Current computer is a dying mac. Purchasing a new system- PC due to budget constraints. External HD is formatted to mac, and won't talk to PC's.

How do I go about getting these files to my pc? Burning all to disc is not an option, considering its many gigs, and I don't have a DVD burner. And frankly, I think burning that many discs might be the final death of the macbook.

Should I back them all up to a remote file storage site, and then download to the new PC before re-formatting the external drive or is there a simpler solution?
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Do you have an external Hdd (or one you can borrow)? I'm sure MACs will work with FAT16 or FAT32, right? Plug it in (usb/firewire), copy files then they are in format PC will read as well.
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As stated, the problem is that the external HD is formatted to the mac and won't talk to a pc.
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As stated, the problem is that the external HD is formatted to the mac and won't talk to a pc.
I'm talking about ANOTHER external HD. A middleman.
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Another thought.....is the drive less than half full? If so, you could use a linux CD (downloadable) to repartition the current hard drive and make the 2nd partition FAT16 or FAT32 and copy the files to that partition (assuming MAC can't already do that...don't know). Then "it" should be visible to PC.
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Ah, not sure abot access to another external.

Yes, its less than half full. Partitioning it kind of scares me though- what if it blows up and I lose everything?! eek.
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Is the external just a backup of what's on the computer?

If so, reformat it in Disc Utility (Applications > Utilities) to a format that is PC compatible, then see if it will talk to both Mac and PC.

You can always do what I did and convert a PC to a Mac...
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Is the external just a backup of what's on the computer?

If so, reformat it in Disc Utility (Applications > Utilities) to a format that is PC compatible, then see if it will talk to both Mac and PC.

You can always do what I did and convert a PC to a Mac...
yeah, its just a backup of files.

sounds easy, but how do I know re-formatting it won't wipe it?
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Re-formatting will wipe it. Don't do that until you have the data.

I found some info about reading MacExtended formatted drives on PC's here:

http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tut...read-on-pc.php
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A network transfer is also a viable option.
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Originally Posted by artifice View Post
yeah, its just a backup of files.

sounds easy, but how do I know re-formatting it won't wipe it?
Reformatting the external HD will wipe it. But would the mac be able to read the newly reformatted (fat or ntfs) hd? If so, you could just wipe it so the pc could read it, then refill it from the mac.

I haven't had those mac/pc problems for a long time, they were a hassle for sure. I thought they were better at speaking to each other lately.
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A network transfer is also a viable option.
i'd go this route. share the external drive and your pc should be ok reading it.

why do you think you mac is dying?
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i'd go this route. share the external drive and your pc should be ok reading it.

why do you think you mac is dying?
Well, it constantly sounds like an airplane taking off. The battery doesn't even last 15 minutes when its un-plugged. Airport network card is REALLY weak. Computer is slow & clunky even after cleaning. Even if I could get Adobe CS3 to install, I doubt it would run.

Its about 5 years old, and not worth sinking any more monies into.
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