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    external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

    just bought a toshiba 1tb external hard drive. i currently use a pc (school's) and will be transferring my life to a mac when i move to tennessee. the box says for pc or mac (formatting may be required).

    question: i am transferring images, music and documents only. should there be any problem doing this? i got mixed answers from the guys at best buy and the instruction booklet gave little information on anything except the warranty.

    if i do have to reformat this hd, do i then lose all the files on it?



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    Re: external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

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    Apparently I need to upgrade my OS.

    I didn't want you to get confused.


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    Re: external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

    I did the same thing when I got a Mac after my Dell. I was basically doing the same thing, just pics and music and stuff. I don't remember having to reformat the HD. It just worked without doing anything. However, I let my girlfriend use it to transfer her files from an old Mac to a new Mac and she had to reformat it then. The reformating wiped the files clean from when I used it to transfer my files. My HD wasn't that big though. It was only like 60 GB or something.



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    Re: external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

    Quote Originally Posted by dtclones View Post
    I did the same thing when I got a Mac after my Dell. I was basically doing the same thing, just pics and music and stuff. I don't remember having to reformat the HD. It just worked without doing anything. However, I let my girlfriend use it to transfer her files from an old Mac to a new Mac and she had to reformat it then. The reformating wiped the files clean from when I used it to transfer my files.

    Yeah,I think the newer OS's for Macs read PC hard drives. (which they should have done all along).



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    Re: external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    The file systems are different for both. You wont be able to hook a drive that large up through USB on both machines.
    Not true. Format it for windows, your mac can read that just fine.

    Or just share the files on the PC to your home network, your mac can see it just fine and copy the files.


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    Re: external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

    I just moved files from my Mac HD to my new HP PC and it went seemlessly. Images, files, emails etc.


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    Re: external hard drive. pc to mac transfer

    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    just bought a toshiba 1tb external hard drive. i currently use a pc (school's) and will be transferring my life to a mac when i move to tennessee. the box says for pc or mac (formatting may be required).

    question: i am transferring images, music and documents only. should there be any problem doing this? i got mixed answers from the guys at best buy and the instruction booklet gave little information on anything except the warranty.

    if i do have to reformat this hd, do i then lose all the files on it?
    As said already, you should be fine. Mac can read FAT32 and FAT well, in fact when I use boot camp it's nice because I can get anything I may want for windows while i'm using snow leopard make sure it's clean then move it to my windows partition.



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