Transferring files (over 4gb) from PC to Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by superspiffy, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. superspiffy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2007
    Hey I'm switching over to Mac and I need a way to transfer all my files to it. I know I can format an external hdd to FAT 32 so that the Mac can read it and transfer it like so, but I work with a lot of video editing and I do have files over 4gb big. I can't burn them on a DVD either, because DVDs are only 4.7gb and I have files over that. So how do I go about this?
  2. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    Two ways I would consider:
    1) Ethernet cable, setup a network and send data across.
    2)Start apple in target mode and this will act as a external HD, transfer all data over that way, just as long as you have firewire on you old pc though, I don't you can do it over usb.
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Macs can read NTFS - they just can't write to it so the external HD might work anyhow...

    The ethernet cable is probably easiest and quickest
  4. Manzana macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2004
    Orange County, CA
    this is how i did it this weekend and it will work for you if your pc has a firewire port like mine did.

    install macdrive on your pc, boot your mac in target firewire mode and connect to pc.

    ETA: Ooops, just glossed over cwedl's response, which covered what I meant to say quite nicely.

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