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Would like to transfer PC files (MS Office, music, pictures and videos) from PC to Mac using new WD Passport External HD (NTFS formatted) to transfer the files. One time transfer to so no writing needed on Mac side after completing the transfer. Understand there are other ways to transfer files (migration asst, Ethernet, direct, etc.) but must use external HD in this case. Questions:


1) Will Mac operate with NTFS formatted external HD?

2) Will Mac read files saved on the external HD by PC?

3) Will Mac save these same files on Mac for later access/read/write by Mac?

4) What is the process to do this correctly starting with the saving of the files from the PC to the external drive and ending with the saving the files on the Mac from the external drive

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Nov 17, 2017 3:26 PM in response to TheJudgement In response to TheJudgement

1. Yes.

2. It depends on whether or not the Mac has an application capable of reading that file type.

3. See #2.

4. Drag-copy files from the PC's internal drive to it, and then from there to the Mac's internal drive.


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Nov 17, 2017 2:53 PM in response to TheJudgement In response to TheJudgement

- A Mac can natively READ an NTFS-formatted drive. It can't write to the drive without using additional software.

- Thus, you can copy them to your Mac. One copied, to a mac drive the Mac can read and write/modify the files.

- You can use Apple migrations assistant

Move your data from a Windows PC to your Mac - Apple Support

That requires that the PC be booted to Windows. The computers are connected via a network connection.

- If the files are on a disk, just connect the drive to the Mac via a HD dock or external enclosure. Then just copy the files to the Mac's drive

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