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Mac / PC Question...

So I have an old notebook PC that I need to pull the data off of. Mostly .doc and .xls and .jpg files on that. I need to put it onto a macbook .

I have no burner, is the easiest method just plug in a fat32 formatted 80gb external HDD to the WinXP laptop, copy, then plug and play onto the Mac the same way?

Will this work or am I sadly disillusioned as to the state of affairs with MAC/PC relations today?

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Re: Mac / PC Question...

I don't really know what fat32 is but Macs usually recognize any PC disk whether its a hard drive or floppy disk. I think it should work doing it that way.

you could also set up a home network and transfer them that way. I'm not sure how to set up a mac/pc network though. I just know the Mac can do it.

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Re: Mac / PC Question...

I can not see why NTFS or FAT32 would not work. We used flash drives to transfer file from a pc to macs at work and we did not have any problems as long as you mac has the software to access the Word and Excel files.
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Re: Mac / PC Question...

Do you have a USB key or Ext hard drive? Even a card reader for digital camera would work.

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Re: Mac / PC Question...

network via ethernet is the best Macs can see windows sharing. It is a bit quirky though. Go to Applications:Utilities and open Directory Access. In that program you can set the windows workgroup by clicking SMB/CIFS and the configure button.

You can also start a laptop up as a firewire harddrive though I think the 'doz will not recognize the Mac format.

For some good info open Mac Help (from Finder) and type Windows data. There is a choice called "How to transfer data from a PC to a Macintosh" that has lots of good info although for some reason it does not show how to just file share

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Re: Mac / PC Question...

macs do recognise the fat & fat32 file system so you will be ok with usb based devices.
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Re: Mac / PC Question...

Get an external 2.5" drive cage.
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Re: Mac / PC Question...

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Get an external 2.5" drive cage.
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Thanks to all for the assistance - I do appreciate it. I wasn't sure before but now I know I can make the transition even easier...damn.

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Re: Mac / PC Question...

Yep... FAT and FAT32 are recongnized. So is NTFS, but as read-only.
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Re: Mac / PC Question...

I got a Vic-20 tape drive that might work
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