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    Apr 06, 2011
    Can I transfer files created in Windows from Sandisk flash drive to Mac without harm?
    I recently bought Mac and would like to know whether it is safe to start using files created in windows on Mac.
    As the screen on my windows laptop is broken I can not access it diretly. I have however my files on memory stick.
    Can I simply connect memory stick to Mac and use files or do I have to somehow convert it for Mac?

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    No, nothing special should need to be done -- just connect the thumb drive to the Mac, copy the files over, *properly eject* the thumb drive, you're done.

    You didn't say what TYPE of files these are, but Macs can read most standard PC files without a problem (Word Perfect files being a notable exception).

    PS. By "files" I'm assuming you mean "not applications." Your Windows applications will obviously not work on a Mac without setting up a Windows environment and re-installing them.

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    Apr 06, 2011
    Hi Chas, thanks for reply.
    Yes, by files I ment jpg pictures, pdf, word and open office spreadsheets.

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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'll be able to view your Word and OO spreadsheets with Preview, however, if you need to do any kind of editing on them, you'll need to download OO for OS X. Link is here.

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