Ability of OS X to view Windows folders?

rychencop

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I am about to receive my MBP and I am currently using Windows XP. I have copied all of my documents, pictures, and movies that I want to transfer to OS X onto my external HDD. All of these files are within Windows created folders. Am I going to have any trouble accessing them from OS X?

Thanks
 

synth3tik

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You won't have issues with the folders, you should also have no problems with the drive as well. If you music files are stored as WMA files, then they would need to get converted to Mp3 or ACC before itunes can read it. But I think that would be the only concern
 

reflex

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Normally not. OSX can read and write FAT32 partitions, and it can read NTFS partitions. Those are the two most likely options for a drive that was formatted in Windows.
 

rychencop

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Normally not. OSX can read and write FAT32 partitions, and it can read NTFS partitions. Those are the two most likely options for a drive that was formatted in Windows.
Yes, this drive is NTFS formatted. Once I have all of my files loaded into OS X, I will format it to Fat32 so I will be able to use it (read/write) on both systems.
 

rychencop

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Oh wait...Fat32 has the GB limit right? This is a 160Gb ext. hdd, what do you guys recommend? I will use it primarily for OS X, but I may have to plug it into a Windows system at some point.