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    Default External HD compatibility issues

    A friend who shot some video footage on a mac and myself are trying to simply trade some files. But because thet are using a mac and I have a pc is turning into an issue. The Flash drive that worked on my laptop did not work on their mac, and the external HD, a G Drive Slim, is registering as a device but not showing as an extra drive that I can access, open, and copy the files I need.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcheck View Post
    A friend who shot some video footage on a mac and myself are trying to simply trade some files. But because thet are using a mac and I have a pc is turning into an issue. The Flash drive that worked on my laptop did not work on their mac, and the external HD, a G Drive Slim, is registering as a device but not showing as an extra drive that I can access, open, and copy the files I need.


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    It's possible that your Flash drive was formatted using NTFS. Older Macs cannot read or write NTFS drives. I've never used this program but it should do the trick. Tuxera NTFS for Mac | Tuxera

    Your friend's external is most likely formatted as HFS+ (Mac OS Extended Journalled). Windows cannot read or write to HFS formatted drives. The easiest way for you to access those files is with the help a program like HFSExplorer - Catacombae - HFSExplorer

    The best way to get around all this is to use a program like Dropbox or Google Drive. The upload times may be a bit slow but they're free and it eliminates so many of the Mac to PC file sharing headaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick View Post

    The best way to get around all this is to use a program like Dropbox or Google Drive. The upload times may be a bit slow but they're free and it eliminates so many of the Mac to PC file sharing headaches.
    The size of the video files is large so drop box was impractical....its around 50Gs. Ill check out those other programs though and see it I can get the data from her HD. Thanks for helping out and the links....ill give em a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcheck View Post
    The size of the video files is large so drop box was impractical....its around 50Gs. Ill check out those other programs though and see it I can get the data from her HD. Thanks for helping out and the links....ill give em a shot.
    If there's room on the External HD, your friend can create a FAT32 formatted partition. Then move all the files onto that new partition. That will allow both of you to access all files.

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    It sucks...I can see the device in the control panel and I can access the properties....but can not actually open the drive to access the folders.
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