Dumb Question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kixsand, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. kixsand macrumors regular

    kixsand

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    I just put Vista on my MacBook today -- via bootcamp. It works great...fantastic, wonderful.

    Here's the dumb question. Can I open files that reside on the Mac side of my partition -- pdfs, spreadsheets, etc?

    That's it.

    Darren
     
  2. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need a filesystem driver for Windows to recognize the "Mac" side of your Boot Camp configuration as it can't read HFS+ by default. MacDrive can do this for you. :)
     
  3. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Not as it is, one way of doing it is using a program called Macdrive.

    Macdrive Website

    Beat me to it!!
     
  4. kixsand thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well...look at that. Not such a dumb question after all it would seem.

    That program looks like the perfect solution -- I only wish that it was shareware -- $50 is a lot for what it does.

    Anyone know of shareware that might do the same thing?
     
  5. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Think you mean freeware??
     
  6. kixsand thread starter macrumors regular

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    Freeware would be great. But isn't it called shareware when the cost is minimal -- $20 dollarish?

    I just spent $250 on Vista...it's killing me to spend another $50.

    I may have to bite the bullet.
     
  7. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    I have the same problem on the macbook pro as it is dual boot with vista. I did think about getting Macdrive as well but decided to see how I would get on without it. Found out that yes it would probably be handy but I dont really need it. You can always just use a stick to carry across files as you need them. Maybe worth a try unless you know that you desperately need that particular functionality.
     
  8. kixsand thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was thinking the same thing. I just downloaded the free trial of MacDrive and I will use it to get everything that is there today. Going forward I think I'll just use a memory stick to move stuff over. I can't justify $50 for this small bit of functionality.

    I will say again that some smart guy should create a freeware program that can perform this trick.

    Cheers,
     
  9. kixsand thread starter macrumors regular

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    MacDrive is very slick -- was able to just drag and drop everything into the documents folder in Vista -- wham bam thank you Mam!

    Still...$60 is too much. I will not spend that money, I will not spend that money, I will not.........................
     
  10. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Your very tempted arent you lol!! I know I was as well but just going to try and stick it out myself. I feel your pain as well!!!
     
  11. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Create a small FAT32 partition that each would be able to access.
     
  12. kixsand thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well that is brilliant! It would also be much more economical -- disc space wise.

    How do you do it? Disk Utility?
     
  13. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Yep MS-DOS
     

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