transferring files from mac to windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ImShane, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. ImShane macrumors member

    May 29, 2007
    Hi guys,

    How do i go about moving files between my macbook pro to a windows based laptop, im forced to do this because i cant transfer files bigger than 4.5gb on an external.

    Can i do this?
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
  3. ctyhntr macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    I believe the root cause is his external HD is using FAT32 file format. FAT32 has a single file size limit of 4 GB. If his Windows machine is formatted as FAT32, instead of NTFS, he'll still run into the same issue using a network cable. HFS and NTFS do not have a 4 GB (2^32) single file size limit.

  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The fact that the OP mentions the file size limitation indicates the Windows system is NTFS. If it was FAT32, they wouldn't have any files larger than 4GB to transfer, in the first place. Using the cable to transfer between HFS and NTFS has no such file size restrictions.
  5. MCRunning macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2008
    Try formatting your drive to NTFS. There is no file limit, then on your mac you would have to install 3rd party software or use terminal to enable writing to NTSF. Macfuse and Tuxera NTFS are 3rd party programs that allow you to write from OSX to NTFS
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To summarize the formats:

    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    • 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

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