Easiest Way To Transfer Between PC & Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iphone joe, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. iphone joe macrumors regular

    iphone joe

    Feb 10, 2011
    What's the easiest way to take data from my PC and transfer it to my new MBP?
  2. realchimera macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
  3. rookiezzz macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    use a bootcamp and transfer the data from your macs using windows os from the bootcamp. Remember, the HD format is different. Use the NTFS from windows while transferring it via bootcamp :D
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I guess you mean Boot Camp? If so, that is unnecessary, as Windows can read all Windows file systems. Mac OS X just can't write natively to NTFS formatted volumes, but there are free and paid solutions for this. And your post is highly undecipherable, especially for someone with no knowledge of what are you are talking about.

    OP: Look at the list from GGJstudios below and either use an external HDD formatted correctly, I would say exFAT for your purposes, or use a home network and Ethernet cable or use a USB flash memory thumb drive, as they are formatted for Windows and Mac OS X use.


    Overview of the four major file systems (called "Formats" in Mac OS X) used on Windows and Mac OS X, compiled by GGJstudios. You can use Disk Utility to format any HDD to your liking.
    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB

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