File sharing over wireless external between mac and pc

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mdasgupta389, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. mdasgupta389 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2016
    Hello everyone,

    I have 2 laptops, one is a macbook pro 2015 model with OS X and the other is a windows 10 laptop. I frequently travel with both and I was looking for a way to seamlessly share files between the two. I can't use any cloud drive service because my macbook is only 128gb and the mirroring feature is extremely obnoxious. I rarely have more than 10 or 15gb of free space on my mac. I was looking at a wireless external hard drive ( as perhaps the solution to my problem. Do these wireless external hard drives need to be formatted to a specific format as well (FAT32 v NTFS)? If so, is there any way for me to format it so that I can move files larger than 4gb between my mac and pc AND not have to use a third party paid driver? My overall intent is to travel with my mac and my pocket external configured for the mac, come home, upload everything to the wireless external, and be able to access it on my pc at home. What is the best way to accomplish this? Let me know! Thanks!
  2. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2014
    Since I'm not sure of an Ad-Hoc solution to your problem, like AirDrop between Apple products, the external might be the easier option. As long as you format the drive as exFAT, you can use it with both operating systems without a special driver and have files larger than 4GB.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Sometimes, the quickest and easiest way to do something like this is with a plain old USB flashdrive...
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    on the Western Slopes, with E. A. Poe
    It looks like the NAS product you linked to doesn't have builtin wireless capability.

    According to one of the reviews:
    2. It needs a hard wired ethernet connection - it cannot connect to your network wirelessly.​

    From the user manual:

    The My Cloud cloud storage system is a high-performance system providing secure wireless access to your media and files from any computer, tablet, or smartphone when it is connected to a wireless router. [emphasis added]

    The OP should probably do more research to find a product with builtin wireless, if that's what is wanted.
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    This is what I was thinking - if OP is looking to share files larger than 4 Gb, a wireless solution might be frightfully slow compared to USB 3.0 or ethernet.

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