8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2012 3:33 AM by Rasuul
Rasuul Level 1 (0 points)

Hello -

 

I have ~500GB of resources for a short film on a mac-formatted drive. The resources are all in mac-compatible format (.mov; .jpeg & others). Is there any way to transfer these to another drive that is PC-compatible in PC-readable format?

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

 

Best,

 

 

Rax


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Mem: 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 (sigh)
  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,660 points)

    Windows will already recognize pretty much any of the same formats. The one that may need help is installing QuickTime for Windows so it will be able to open the .mov file, a QuickTime format. Try it first though, Windows may open it without the need to install QuickTime.

  • Rasuul Level 1 (0 points)

    but can I wrote to a pc-formatted drive with a Mac? as it stands the PC doesn't recognize the mac drive ...

  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,660 points)

    OS X can only read NTFS. To write to an NTFS formatted drive you need to install third party software on your Mac. To avoid that, you can format the drive from the Windows computer as exFAT. OS X can both read and write that format. OS X can also format a drive as exFAT, but there seems to be some kind of incompatibility. Often, Windows users can't access a drive formatted as exFAT on a Mac, but have no problem if the formatting is done from Windows.

     

    If you need the drive to remain NTFS, then you can purchase and install Paragon NTFS for Mac, or Tuxera for Mac. There used to be a paid and free version of Tuxera, but I don't think there's a free version anymore.

     

    As far as the "incompatibility" issue, that's likely on the Windows side. By default, Windows XP does not support exFAT. You need to download and install an extension from Microsoft so XP can read/write/format that type of drive. So Windows users who say they can't read an exFAT drive are most likely on XP. So if you know the drive is going to an Win XP system, make sure they have this extension installed.

  • Rasuul Level 1 (0 points)

    Howdy Kurt -

     

    Thanks very much for this explanation. This took care of it for me - very much appreciated.

     

    All the best,

     

     

    Rax

  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,660 points)

    You're welcome.

  • Rasuul Level 1 (0 points)

    Any chance you'd be willing to cast an eye over this post?

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/19501553#19501553

     

    I'm not sure I'm going to get much feedback on it and it's way over my head at this point.

     

    Cheers,

     

     

    Rax

  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,660 points)

    I'm little to no help reading crash logs. But someone will be by eventually who can help. It's pretty rare for a post to go unanswered for more than a day.

  • Rasuul Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's hoping! Thanks again!

     

    Rax