4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2012 10:50 AM by moxiestmarie
moxiestmarie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently switched from a PC to a Mac. As it turns out my old external drive is not compatible with my Mac. I need to get a new one to transfer the old files. I would like to get a time capsule. Can I use it though to transfer files from PC to Mac? I have heard people say that they cannot write PC files to a time capsule.


MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011)
  • 1. Re: PC>Time capsule> Mac
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,030 points)

    Why is your external drive not compatible?

  • 2. Re: PC>Time capsule> Mac
    moxiestmarie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is an older seagate. I cannot get my Mac to recognize it. I got in touch with tech support, and they felt that it was just an older model that the newer machine would not work with.

  • 3. Re: PC>Time capsule> Mac
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,030 points)

    A Time Capsule costs about 4 times as much as an external hard drive of the same capacity. Unless you really need its features, there's no reason for you to buy one. It won't help you get the files off your old drive.

     

    If the drive doesn't show up in Disk Utility when you connect it, it's just not working. There may not be any easy way to get the data out. If it still mounts on a PC, then use a PC to copy the files to another drive.

  • 4. Re: PC>Time capsule> Mac
    moxiestmarie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot! I have gotten the files off of the old PC, onto the old drive. The drive does not show up in that disk utility window. I considered the Time Capsule because I liked the way that it works seamlessly with time machine, plus I have been sharing internet with a neighbor who is moving and will be needing the router in the near future.