Fat32 External Hard drive copied to Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bruceleeroy, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. bruceleeroy macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Hey everyone.
    I had a quick question I was hoping someone could answer.

    I finally got a Macbook pro and I have a My Book External HD with all my PC files on it. What's the easiest way to copy those files to my laptop?

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    If the external drive is formatted with NTFS or FAT32 won't matter, as Mac OS X is able to read both file systems, but can only write to FAT32 without a third party software like MacFuse + NTFS-3G for NTFS write capability.

    You could also use a network to transfer files, if it isn't in the hundreds of gigabytes.
  3. bruceleeroy thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
  4. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    The Rotten Apple
    Just another note as well, you can't transfer individual files larger than 4gigs on a fat32.

    so hd movies are a big no.

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