windows cannot read source file, mac laughs?!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by whyrichard, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    I know that osx is in the stratasphere, and xp pro is practically underwater, in terms of so many things....

    ....when i try to copy to my external hd from my windows machine (*external hd is read from windows using macdrove*?) i get error message "cannot read from source file or disk" (--it is a folder with 46 gigs of info)

    ... but when i network my mac with my windows pc using ethernet, and then hook up the hd to my mac, and copy, using my mac's ethernet connection to my pc, copy the same folder to the external now hooked up to my mac, i have no problem.... (so far...)???

    is the windows file system really that antiquated?
    how shocking.

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    The path depth might be too deep for Windows. If you are trying to write to the drive, you might run into the FAT32 file size limitation.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It's more likely a limitation of MacDrive's ability to mount MacOS Extended Journaled partitions. Once you are serving the disk from the Mac, that becomes irrelevant.

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