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MoonJelly

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#1 11 years ago

Hey everyone. I would like to transfer 270GB worth of pictures from a Mac onto a new 1TB drive I bought for my Windows SBS 2003 server. The only thing is the Mac says the transfer will take about 47 hours over the network. Don't have that time!!! So what I was going to do was take the 1TB from the server (USB) and plug it in to the Mac. But of course I have to format the 1TB drive to get it to be read on a mac.

Is there any software or methods I can use that allow me to take an external USB Hard drive from a PC and hook it to a Mac without it having to be formatted, in order for Mac to see the files?

Thanks guys. Merry Christmas!!




Enterprise2002

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#2 11 years ago

I think Macs can see FAT32 partitions so you could format the drive using that I think.

I think recent versions of Macs have limited ability to write to NTFS partitions as well, but the easiest option I think is to just format the drive using FAT32.




MoonJelly

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#3 11 years ago

When I choose to format, it only gives me the option to format in NTFS. I'm still going to try it since I do not know which format the drive came in, but is there a way to use FAT32 format even if it does not give you the option?

I looked at both formatting in Windows Explorer and also Disk Management and both only give me NTFS only.




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#4 11 years ago

Use another tool than the standard Windows one. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 will only format a removable drive in FAT32 if it’s less than around 30GB.

I recommend Swissknife, it'll allow you to do it, and is a bit easier than the cmd (command prompt way) Here link: CompuApps, Inc. - Download Swissknife

Direct download link: http://software-files-l.cnet.com/s/software/10/48/55/74/swissknife.exe?e=1261443246&h=47469ada98fa00e0e93d24120df5ebf9&lop=link&ptype=1901&ontid=2248&siteId=4&edId=3&spi=5a4a0ded19d954669d3fb4683a096ea4&pid=10485574&psid=10070864&fileName=swissknife.exe




MoonJelly

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#5 11 years ago

Nevermind. I found the method - format /FS:FAT32 H: I'll try the hard drive in FAT32 when its done formatting and update you guys on the situation. Thank you!




Von II

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#6 11 years ago
MoonJelly;5174980Nevermind. I found the method - format /FS:FAT32 H: I'll try the hard drive in FAT32 when its done formatting and update you guys on the situation. Thank you!

lol yes, cmd. :p




ConstanceJill

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#7 11 years ago
MoonJelly;5174980Nevermind. I found the method - format /FS:FAT32 H:

I doubt that will work...




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#8 11 years ago

Remember to make sure none of the files you are going to transfer are bigger than 4GB if you're going to use FAT32.

Also, you can format it on the Mac if Windows complains.




Yannick

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#9 11 years ago

Accidentl double post I can't delete...




MoonJelly

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#10 11 years ago

Ok the FAT32 did not go through all the way. I'll have to format it on the Mac and figure it out that way. Thanks guys!




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