Getting Fat32 files across to iMac?

MiniD3

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Hi Guys,
Doing the final switch to all Apple very soon,
Computer (PC ) has finally transpired,
Fortunately, I have my important files, (mainly images) on portable HDD
If my research serves me correctly,
I can only transfer 4GB of files from a drive that is not Mac formatted
For example, one drive has 2TB of files,
If I only transfer the 4GB at a time, can I eventually get all the files across?

The plan is to have a portable HDD ready first that is formatted to HFS+, I think that is the correct format?

When I get enough 4GB files across to the Mac, hope to then put them on the new Mac formatted drive then delete them from the iMacs HD

That's the plan anyway,
Is this going to work?
Regards,
Gary
 

Nermal

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FAT32 has a 4 GB limit *per file*. You won't need to copy them in batches unless you break the hard limit (which I think is 2 TB).

If your portable hard drive already contains the files then your Mac should have no trouble with reading it. If it's NTFS then you won't be able to write to it, but reading is fine.
 

MiniD3

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Thank you guys

That is good news,
I have a lot of work ahead of me
I'm going to get Aperture, a lot of work but eventually I should have all my images sorted
Regards,
Gary
 

gnasher729

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Nov 25, 2005
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Hi Guys,
Doing the final switch to all Apple very soon,
Computer (PC ) has finally transpired,
Fortunately, I have my important files, (mainly images) on portable HDD
If my research serves me correctly,
I can only transfer 4GB of files from a drive that is not Mac formatted
For example, one drive has 2TB of files,
If I only transfer the 4GB at a time, can I eventually get all the files across?

The plan is to have a portable HDD ready first that is formatted to HFS+, I think that is the correct format?

When I get enough 4GB files across to the Mac, hope to then put them on the new Mac formatted drive then delete them from the iMacs HD

That's the plan anyway,
Is this going to work?
Regards,
Gary
Just buy an external USB case for your PC hard drive, and put the hard drive from your PC in the external case, then plug into the Mac. Macs can read and write FAT32; they can read NTFS which is the most common format for Windows.

If you have any network at home, you can publish your files on the network instead.
 

MiniD3

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Mar 9, 2013
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Just buy an external USB case for your PC hard drive, and put the hard drive from your PC in the external case, then plug into the Mac. Macs can read and write FAT32; they can read NTFS which is the most common format for Windows.

If you have any network at home, you can publish your files on the network instead.
Unfortunately, I had to turn off the life support system for the PC once it was brain dead
Just relying on retrieving my images from external drives and then getting them across to Mac formatted portable drive
At some stage, I plan to re- format the old drives in the Mac format
I 'm guessing I will only have to get one new drive at the moment

Regards,
Gary