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  1. #1

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    Jun 02, 2012
    Red face queer connectivity queries......

    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!

  2. #2

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    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.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jun 02, 2012
    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?


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