Any way to get files onto the Windows partition from Mac desktop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DutchX8, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. DutchX8 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2009
    I run Vista via boot camp (I only use it for games) and I have a problem. I have an file on my Mac desktop that I want to get onto Windows. It's approx. 5.4gb. My largest recordable DVD is 4.7gb and my LaCie hard drive can't work with both Mac and Windows. I tried dragging the file into the Windows partition hard drive which appears on my desktop, but it says that it cannot be modified.

    Any way around this?
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Well yes and no.

    Unfortunately, it's probably too late -- but the Windows partition needs to be reformatted. You see, there are two types of disk types that Windows uses: FAT32 and NTFS. NTFS can be read by the Mac, but not written to -- so you can see files but not add or change any.

    That being said, unless you reformat the drive to FAT32 (which the Mac can read and write to), you won't be able to add anything to the Windows partition. Reformatting will erase everything currently on it.
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Ignore the post above, you need to do these three simple steps: (i've already linked all the downloads for you, everything is free obviously)

    1) Install MacFUSE

    2) Install NTFS-3G

    3) Restart

    4) Your all done :) You can now read/write to any NTFS drives, thumb sticks, or Windows Vista partitions on your hard drive :)
  4. opencube macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009

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