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Hi,

I've just upgraded to a Mac Book Pro, I also have loads files on a Lacie LaCinema 2TB external hard drive and have discovered that I need to take all my files off it then re-format it to MS-DOS so that it's readable by both Windows 7 and Lion OSX (i think!)

Can someone advise me what the best connectivity option, i.e. fastest, is available to me as I am not au fait with firewire, thunderbolt etc.

The lacie has the following output/inputs:

1 x USB - Rear,
1 x - Rear HDMI
1 x Composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Rear,
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Side,
1 x SPDIF output - Rear,
1 x ( RJ-45 ) - Rear


And I have a Mac Book Pro 2012 upgraded to 8GB RAM.

Many Thanks in advance!
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You need another hard drive to copy the files to before formatting the drive to FAT-32 (MS DOS). Make sure the second drive is of a large enough capacity to hold all the files to be transferred. You have no choice for the fastest file transfer since USB is really all your LaCie has.
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Thanks, I'm resgined to waiting a long while for the files to be switched over to another, interim external hard drive. So, if I format it to FAT32 it will be readable AND writeable by Win7 and Lion OSX? From my little bit of research I've got my reservations about the compatability but I may have been looking at an old forum post... Hence the question about Win7/Lion.

If all else fails is it straightforward to partition an external hard-drive in Lion OSX for MAC and PC?

Cheers!
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