Swapping files between MBP and a PC

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mr. Harris, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Mr. Harris macrumors newbie

    Mr. Harris

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    I plan on buying a new MBP soon and I want to use an external drive for all my files (music photos etc...) Right now I have a desktop PC that I plan to keep even after I buy my MBP. I was wondering what I need to do in order to swap files back and forth between the MBP and the PC on my external drive. I need to be able to rean and write files onto the drive using both computers and be able to transfer files from the Mac to the PC and vice versa...HELP?!?!?!?!?:confused::confused:
     
  2. chepistolas macrumors member

    chepistolas

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  3. Bobioden macrumors 68000

    Bobioden

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    A simple network between the two machines is all you need.
     
  4. pdxflint macrumors 68020

    pdxflint

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    Just format your external drive as FAT32, and both Mac and PC can read and write to it. NTFS can be read by the Mac, but not written to. So... FAT32 formatted external drive, and you're good to go.
     
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    You could install NTFS-3G on the MBP and write to NTFS. There are a few gotchas in doing so since NTFS partitions will be recognized as NTFS-3G partitions and some utilities won't work.

    Ok, never mind, stick with FAT32 or network.

    Cheers,
     

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