Transferring files from mac to vista PC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sacred, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Sacred macrumors member

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    Hi guys,


    I've got a portable hard drive that I use for time machine and for backing up my music and video files on my mac.
    I've just purchased a new vista PC and would like to transfer the music I've got (around 30 gigs worth) and the videos I've saved (an additional 30 gig) onto it, however when I plug the portable hard drive into my vista pc it doesn't recognise it??

    Any ideas what I can do? :confused:


    Thanks,
    Sacred
     
  2. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    You probably have it formatted for mac, probably HSF+. You will need a program to view that format on Vista. I believe the program is called MacDrive.
     
  3. gillilandboy macrumors 6502

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  4. Sacred thread starter macrumors member

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    cheers guys, is their not a free way to do this? as the software costs $50
     
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  6. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Are the computers on the same network?

    If so, all you need to do is create a Shared folder on the Vista PC, then on the Mac mount the share and copy the files over from the external drive over the network.

    -Kevin
     
  7. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    yes, network would be the best, most cost effective way to go.

    To each his own...but why did you buy a vista machine...you're not leaving Mac are you?
     

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