First Mac is on the way!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mac3687, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. mac3687 macrumors member

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    I'm very excited, I've got my first Mac (a black MacBook) on the way, but I've got the first of many questions... I'd like to install Boot Camp to use a couple of XP programs if I can, rather than buying the OSX versions, but I'm wondering if when on OSX, can I access files made on the XP version of the computer, and when on XP, can I access files created on OSX? I figured that would be easier than transferring things to a flash drive. Thaks in advance!
     
  2. mac3687 thread starter macrumors member

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    What I mean is that I plan to import my photos through Aperture, but I'd like to do the serious editing through Photoshop, which I have for the PC. When I reboot to XP, will I see a drive with everything from the Mac side of things, including the pictures I imported, or will I have to transfer them to a flash drive? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Congrats on the purchase of your first Mac mac3687. :)


    As far as I understand, you can read the windows files from Mac OS, but not vice-versa. It seems that Windows is not able to read Mac's HDD formatting.

    I could be wrong though, I don't currently use Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro (no Windows for me :D ). :eek: :)
     
  4. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats on the purchase. Mac OS X can read but not write to NTFS drives. Adversely, Windows XP cannot read HFS+ at all, BUT if you get and install a program called MacDrive on windows, you can have both read and write access to mac volumes. Hope this helps!
     
  5. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    you could keep everything on an external hard drive or a separate partition that both operating systems can acccess.

    MacDrive is good, too.
     
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  7. mac3687 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey guys, thanks for all the input! I'll probably end up going with MacDrive, it looks like a very nice piece of software. I literally check my order status every four or five hours, even though I know it won't ship until Monday, I've just waited for such a long time to finally buy a Mac!
     
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