Transferring a terabyte of Data, NTFS to HFS

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by justaregularjoe, May 20, 2010.

  1. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    Hi, I'm a bit stuck and i need some ideas.

    I currently have a desktop PC, but tomorrow I am buying a MacBook Pro. :D

    I have ~800 GB of data on an internal hard drive on the PC, but I have to get it all to an external hard drive (2 TB) formatted as HFS+ so it'll play nicely with OS X.

    So yeah, any ideas would help

    CliffNotes: 800GB, NTFS internal to 2 TB external. HALP.
  2. GGJstudios, May 20, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Leopard or Snow Leopard: Install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G. You can install both with NTFS-3G for Mac OS X.
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Snow Leopard: Guide: Enable native NTFS Read/Write in Snow Leopard
    • (Be aware that some are of the opinion that enabling native NTFS in SL is unstable/unreliable, and favor the MacFuse/NTFS-3G method for Snow Leopard)
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • Read/Write HFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write HFS from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB (HFS)
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB (HFS+)
  3. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    Thanks very Much... I hadn't really thought about NTFS fuse, but now I am transferring files through MacDrive overnight.


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