Readable files between OSes?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jwGary, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. jwGary macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    So I have a ton of data on my external WD HDD 1TB (mostly shows and movies) and it's formatted for my MBP. Now, I'm going to be getting a desktop with windows 7. I'd like to take the movies off the external and put them onto windows once I'm able to, but my SSD on my MBP isnt nearly large enough to hold all the files. Are there any programs that would let me take the data off of the HDD without reformatting it? The one ones I've seen are things like exFAT but that requires the HDD to be reformatted, which I can't do without losing all the movies and shows. Any help?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Note the bold text under HFS+ below.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
  3. jwGary thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    Won't be going with FAT32 ha. So my best bet would be to get and use Paragon if I want to just read the files from OSX HDD to Windows 7?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Paragon enables Mac OS X to write to NTFS drives. If your files are currently on a HFS+ volume and you want to read it from a Windows 7 computer, you need MacDrive or HFSExplorer installed on the Win box to read/write to HFS+ drives.
  5. Sgtarky macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2011
    Benton, Arkansas
    i fought it, its best to go exfat especially for external drives, it formats quickly and you will never have any issues with osx or windows reading it. do it.
  6. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    We often talk about allowing OS X to read and write to NTFS, but a few years ago I came across something that enabled Windows to read (and write, I think) to HFS+ (the OS X file system). It was a simple, free driver if I recall correctly. Paragon seems to be what comes up on a quick Google search.

    It looks like some people have had success with extracting the Bootcamp drivers and getting them into Windows. It's worth a try.

    Edit: I missed it at the end of GGJstudios' post, but I think HFSExplorer was what I used in the past.

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