Apple OSX and Windows file transferring

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by o2xtreme, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. o2xtreme macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    Ok, So here's my problem? I have an iMac running the lastest version of OSX with an attached external drive (lets call it, external drive A), which is where i store all my movies and music. I also have a Laptop running windows XP, also with another external drive attached (external drive B). Plus i have an airport express.

    I'm currently hoping someone can step me through how I can copy my video and music files to the hard drive attached to the laptop.

    I tried the obvious of plugging drive A directly into the laptop and it didnt recognise it, I assume due to the formatting of the drive.

    i assume i will have to network them all. can anyone help?
  2. assembled macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    A Windows computer can't read an Apple formatted disk, but an Apple can read a Windows formatted disk.
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Wrong. Mac OSX can read any disk with the right software.
    Also, the underlying file system is irrelevant when accessing it over a network. Only the networking protocol is important.
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    You're saying the same thing as assembled. You're both saying OS X can read NTFS partitions.

    You are correct in that filesystems are irrelevant when accessed across the network, so long as the system directly accessing the filesystem has support.

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