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    Dec 05, 2010
    PC cannot read my Mac files
    I need to copy my files from my iMac via my hard drive (compatible with PC and Mac) onto a PC laptop (Windows 7). The PC laptop says it cannot open the files.

    What is the trick how to convert the files easily? Do I need to install a special program on the PC?

    On my iMac I also run VMware Fusion. When I drag a file from the Mac side onto the Windows side (Windows 7) and then try to copy it via the hard drive to the PC it still does not work.

    Thanks for your advice! I have to get this to work within 4 days as I will travel then and need to use it for business.

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    Just normal files like .doc, .xls, .pdf.

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    When you say that Windows can not open them, are you saying that Office can not read these files or that Windows does not recognize the external hard drive? Office should have no problem reading those files.

    You say that the HD is compatible with OS X and Windows. That may be the case (all HDs are compatible with both) but they need to be properly formatted to work across OSes. How is the external formatted (right-click > Get Info > Format)?
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