Copying my MP3's to external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MrVegas, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. MrVegas macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2005
    Columbia, Md.
    I am currently copying MP3's from an older PC USB port to a new external hard drive and it is VERY VERY slow.

    I was thinking of moving the MP3's to my G5 Powermac over my home network and then copying them to the external hard drive over USB2 which should be much faster.

    Are there any file compatibility issues from copying the files off the Mac if I want the external drive to be connected to another Windows XP machine?

  2. alexstein macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2004
    The files should be compatible since mp3 is a cross platform format.

    The only problem you might run into is the that Mac's and Windows boxes have different filesystems.

    Windows XP PC's use NTFS or FAT32

    Mac's us HFS or HFS+

    Windows PC's can't read or write on HFS or HFS+ (as far as I remember)

    Mac's can read NTFS but can't write to it but FAT32 is fully compatible with both platforms. FAT32 is the format you want to choose if you use your External HD between both platforms.

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