Best way to move photos to Mac from PC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NitroZip, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. NitroZip macrumors member


    Dec 31, 2010
    Since I just ordered a new iMac, What is the best way to move photos?
    I have almost 1 TB of photos on external drives, but they are in NTFS format.
    How can I change it all over so the Mac can use them?
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    OS X can read and access NTFS drives without any problem, but cannot write to it.

    You'll have to store the images elsewhere in a temporary form of storage and reformat the drives to either Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or ExFAT.

    If you want the drives to be accessible across OS X and Windows, use ExFAT.
  3. Ledgem macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    The above post is correct, but makes it sound as if you need to change something. As was mentioned, OS X can read from NTFS volumes without any difficulty. Since you're copying the photos to your Mac, just plug the drive in to your Mac and you'll be able to copy them over to your Mac without a problem.
  4. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    If you want to just go one direction from PC to Mac, your existing NTFS drive can be read on the Mac with no changes.

    If you will ever need to go from Mac to PC that hard drive will either require reformatting to exFAT (of course backing up your files beforehand), or get Paragon NTFS for Mac which enables OSX writing to NTFS drives:
  5. IndyBob macrumors member


    Sep 23, 2012
    I also recommend Paragon NTFS for Mac. I have used it for several years and it works great. Reads and writes to PC drives just fine.
  6. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Is it possible to just copy everything to the iMacs internal HD then format the drive with HFS+ then copy everything back over?

    I feel that would be the easiest thing to do if you have a large enough HD in the Mac.

    I just used FAT32 when I made the switch. Luckily at the time I didnt have any file size issues to worry about.

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