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    Aug 12, 2007
    Transfer files from mac to pc
    I've put my mac files on an external hard drive to transfer but this doesn't show up on PC. The same with a USB stick. Why is this?

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    Collin Bl's Avatar
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    Apr 07, 2009
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    27 iMac+Thunderbolt, iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    If you are on Tiger or Leopard use the export feature for your files, then you have choice of Word Excel pdf rtf formats which should be able to be read by PCs

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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Probably because of how your devices are formatted. PC don't read Mac Journaled. Need to format your devices as FAT32 however that kind of limits you to files that are smaller than 4GB.

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    Aug 12, 2007
    I'm trying to transfer music files. What is FAT32? cheers

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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    When you format any drive, usb stick or hard drive you can format it in several formats, here are the basic ones.

    Mac OS Extended - the default for macs - cannot be read on windows PCs without installing additional software

    FAT32 - Called MS DOS (FAT) in Apple's disk utility. Can be used by both Mac and Windows computers. There is a file limit of 4 gig - so not suitable for large movie files

    NTFS (Windows NT File System) - The default drive format for windows. Macs ran read NTFS but not write to NTFS without additional software like Google's MacFuse macfuse - Google Code
    You will have to format a drive on a PC to get NTFS
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