PC to MAC file transfer HELP (:

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  1. dchill macrumors newbie

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    I have a 17gb movie that I had to complete for school and finished it at home on my PC, now I have to transfer the 17gb thing from home to school. Any suggestions?
    Names of any Portable HD's that work between both OS? Willing to spend money if that helps o_O
    I just have to drop the file onto the mac so i can sumbit it, So would NTFS work?
     
  2. youlookingatme macrumors newbie

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    Edit: Never mind previous comment.

    NTFS will work if you are going from the PC to the Mac. Macs can read NTFS, they just can't write to it.
    Sorry, I didn't quite consider your question completely at first.
     
  3. Velin macrumors 65816

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    Any portable drive that's formatted in FAT32 will work perfectly fine. Both Windows and OSX recognize FAT32.
     
  4. dchill thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    No :(

    Files >=4 GB won't work on a FAT32 formatted drive. To get it on the Mac, you'll want an HFS+ drive and something like MacDrive.

    Will the instructor not allow you to export the movie to something smaller than 4 GB?

    ETA: Nevermind, I forgot Macs can read NTFS, just not write to it. Do that.
     
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  7. dchill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Umm I can render it as a 17.38gb file and yeah, i dont avtually have the hard drive at the moment and was wondering which one would work and how it will work so i dont waste my money.
     
  8. youlookingatme macrumors newbie

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    I edited my original answer to your question. NTFS will work fine.
    When you are finished transferring the large file to the Mac, just plug the drive into the PC again and reformat it to FAT32 so you can read and write both ways.

    Another route might be to break the file into 4GB segments, but that would be a pain.
     
  9. dchill thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. dchill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AH ok so no file limit on NTFS?
     
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    No file limit in NTFS.




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  12. dchill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh my bad, got my hd 500gb western digital 69.00 :D
     

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