Question on accessing Time Machine files....

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  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

    marc55

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    I use Time Machine to back up my rMBP to an external WD My Passport.

    I plugged the WDMP into my wife's PC so I could copy a file onto her PC, but the WDMP didn't even show up as a drive?

    Is there anyway to access the WDMP from a PC?

    I was planning to get a Time Capsule, but I'm guessing I would have issues accessing files on it from a PC also?

    Thank you
    marc
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Windows can't read the Mac OS X Extended file system natively. You'll need a separate piece of software for that.
    But if you just need a simple file, it might be easier to use a USB thumb drive or File Sharing to transfer it.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Windows cannot read OS X's file system.

    You'll have to use either a thumb drive or something else to transfer your file.

    You can have the time capsule act as a shared network area storage, though again, I'm not sure a PC will be able to read from it.

    I have one at home and both PC's and macs, I'll try and remember to check if the PCs can browse my TC.
     
  4. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    My PC sees it as a NAS. Can't login to it as my credentials aren't setup. I'll try and find some time to check that out.
     
  6. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Time Capsule works fine with Windows. I backup a Windows PC to one.

    I don't think you can read the Mac backups but you can create a folder that both the Mac and Windows can access.
     

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