Can't read MS-DOS files on Ext HD.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Big Stevie, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Big Stevie macrumors 6502a

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    Looking for some help please as Im struggling to open files on my MS-DOS formatted external HD.

    Many months ago I copied a number of family camcorder files onto the ext HD so that I could view them on both my PS3 and Macbook Pro 2012, the HD has since been in storage.

    Today I connected my HD to my Macbook (Mavericks) and tried to open one of the files, but couldn't. I had always thought that MS-DOS worked on both Mac & PS3?

    Heres some screenshots...

    External HD info...

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    The video files...

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    Failure message...

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  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    it's not a question of ms-dos files, it's finding the application to read the files.

    look up reading .mts for mac on google.
     
  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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  4. sliceoftoast macrumors 6502

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    As Suggested do you have VLC installed? You can download it from here
     
  5. Big Stevie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    VLC has saved the day, thanks for the help. Embarrassingly easy in fact:eek:
     
  6. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    As it has many times when dealing with vendor lock in/not invented here syndrome in various operating systems..
     
  7. sliceoftoast macrumors 6502

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    If you notice too, the VLC icon will have a christmas hat on it around this time of the year :)

    Good to hear you got it sorted
     
  8. Big Stevie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Your right, it has its hat on:D

    Thanks for the help:)
     

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