Resolved File transfer.Clever Ideas needed.

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  1. Ranstone macrumors newbie

    Ranstone

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    Hello, I'm new to the site, and am looking for some ideas on how I can transfer a 8Gb file from a very peculiar mac, to a PC. let me describe the scene...

    The mac, is a OS X Tiger, from 2005. She's lost wireless internet capability, and for a multitude of reasons, connecting her to the internet wouldn't be an option anyway.

    The PC is your average Windows 7.

    I want the 8GB file to be transferred whole, and all my external hard drives are formatted in FAT32, thus limiting my transfer size to 4Gb.

    I can't achieve an Ethernet connection(Direct cable) for some reason or another. Net work discovery and file sharing is on on the PC, and the mac's file file transfer and windows transfer are on, yet the mac searches infinity when I ping the PC's IP.

    All my SD cards are formatted in FAT32. (If they cam be reformatted in a way that will allow cross transfer on both OS's, I am unaware of this.

    My, PC, Mac, and both of my external HD's are full. Too full for temporary storage.

    So, I've really limited my options.
    No email
    No cloud based transfer
    and both Removable media, and eathernet options have me stumped.

    Any insightful ideas, tips, or information is welcome. I appreciate your valuable time.

    However, before you comment, let me be clear. When one asks "How do you change a tire with a screw driver", do not be the person who replies "That's not how you change a tire". I Didn't ask how to transfer an 8gb file to PC. I asked how to transfer an 8Gb file to PC, without cloud solutions, or internet access, and possibly, without Ethernet, unless I missed something.

    Thank you, either way.
     
  2. wlossw macrumors 65816

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    think about splitting the file into smaller chunks. then reassemble on second pc.


    http://www.hjsplit.org/
     
  3. Ranstone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are there any tools you're aware of that would allow me to reassemble the file with no quality loss? (Hopefully free, I make less then 2K a year.lol)
     
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  5. wlossw macrumors 65816

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    Hjsplit does this. It takes a file, breaks it into chunks, and then reassembled the file on the other machine. There is a tool for just about every os. If you want to you can ZIP the file first, then split it, then reassemble and unzip on the second machine.
     
  6. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    other option may be ntfs windows usb HDD and the paragon ntfs driver (old version for tiger).
    paragon is free for 10 days.

    then the mac could put the file on the HDD and windows could then read it all in one go no splitting or compressing.
     
  7. I'm a ROb macrumors member

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    Would 'target disk mode' be an option? I'm not sure how (and if) that works with windows though.
     
  8. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

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    Another free option: reformat an external drive to exFAT on your Mac.
     
  9. Ranstone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wait, will formating a drive to ExFAT allow me to transfer files as large as 8Gb?
     
  10. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. I don't use it much, but in my experience, the biggest downside is performance seems worse than native file systems for each platform. Oh, and if there is an issue, not sure there are any tools to help solve them.

    But for an occasional transfer, seems like a reasonable compromise.
     
  11. Ranstone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, I'mma try it right now. BRB...
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    So, I tried useing an SD card,& my mac doesn't recognize the ExFAT format. I then tried to format it using the disk utility on the Mac, and the old format options are
    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended
    Mac OS Extended (Case sensitive, Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended (Case sensitive)
    MS-DOS File system
    UNIX FIle system

    MS-dos is Fat32 I believe. Could my Mac be too old to recognize ExFAT?
    --- Post Merged, May 9, 2017 ---
    UPDATE: yeah, I just found out ExFAT is only supported in Mac 10.6 or later. Thank you for the Idea though, I really appreciate the time.
     
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  13. Ranstone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I'm gunna try this next. Might be a while... If it works, I'll leave an explanation on what I did for the next person who has this problem.
     
  14. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    You might be able to cram that onto a dual-layer DVD actually, does your Mac have a DVD-R drive?
     
  15. Ranstone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It' does actually... that's a really creative Idea. I'n our modern era, we've forgotten about DVDs..lol
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    So, I finnaly got this working. To anyone who finds this thread in the future, this is how I solved my problem, thanks to the Ideas of everyone here.

    :I was editing a video file, so I cut the video into three parts, and exported them one at a time to my FAT32 drives. I then connected the FAT32 drives to my PC, and copied them.

    I ended up downloating a program called AviDemux

    https://www.videohelp.com/software/AviDemux

    (I don't know how to hotlink, sue me)

    AviDemux allows you to join video files together with no loss. Simply Open the first file, append the second, and then save. (make sure your export extension is the same as the original files.)

    here's the tutorial that helped me.



    On a closing note, DANG, this community is pretty cool. I came in here kinda salty, expecting condescension, (*Cough cough, "Blender 3D community"*) and instead, these people are actually pretty awesome.

    Clever Ideas all! Even If I didn't reply to you directly, I used your Ideas none the less, and that eventually led me to the solution.

    Thanks, and until next time!...
     

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