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Not sure how to transfer data from mac to firelite250 smartdisc


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Re: not sure how to transfer data from mac to firelite250...

First question is what data (that means what file formats)...file formats are the extentions after the name...i.e. .doc, .jpg etc. Also what application are you transfering from and to. ????

When you have that information type a query in google saying, how do I ..................... You may be surprised at the answers you get.

In addition there are a variety of free (mac, dos, and windows) applications that can do this for you as well as convert files (which perhaps the application you are using also allows you to do (i.e. save as a text file).....

Clear as mud....go for it!

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If the external hard drive has been formatted on a PC in NTFS file format then the MAC cannot read data off this hard drive.
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Connect the USB external hard drive to a Windows computer and copy your data off this hard drive to the computer.
Then format the external hard drive in FAT32 file format. (the MAC can read and write to data to and from a Windows PC)
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Now you can connect the external hard drive to the MAC and download your data to the MAC.

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Yes Mac and Windows use 2 different and incompatible hard drive formats. However, there are many files that can be opened between the two. Mostly media and some docs. Try uploading to somewhere like MS Windows Live Skydrive or simply email. Then download. This is a quick fix. I heard you could use file sharing, but that requires a network. Even burning to a disc should work.

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Most likely the hard drive is formated as NTFS and you will need to download a 3rd party app in order to write to an NTFS file system in Mac OS X, such as Tuxera NTFS or NTFS For Mac OS X
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It depends on how you copied your files to the SmartDisk.
If you used the "normal" method of copying files/folders in Windows, then just connect it to the new computer.
If you used some "backup" software from Verbatim to write "backup" files,
then you'll need to install that software on the new computer,
in order to retrieve from those "backup" images.

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My lacie external drive wont transfer my data from a mac to a pc

Basic Troubleshooting:

-Check all connections (Ethernet, Power, USB, etc)
-Install the appropriate driver for the device, usually included on a CD
-Double Check compatibility with your system (system requirements usually on packaging of product)
-If you haven't rebooted since you set it up, then reboot, this fixes a lot of things
-Try the product on another computer
-Try different cables/ports on the comptuer.

If nothing works, then send it in if it's under warranty or contact a professional service.

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External hard drive won't let me transfer files from my Macbook.

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try turning the external drive off & wait a minute then turn it back on.if it works just drag what you want to transfer from your mac to the external drive and it should copy it to the drive.

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Help retrieving files from simpletech 320gb hard drive!

I have to admit I haven't used a Mac since high-school, but I can tell you that my first thought on this problem was "file system".

Most external HD's are formatted to be used on a Windows PC, and many are even formatted as NTFS. If this is the case, last I heard anyways, Mac OS doesn't support NTFS.

My suggestion is to use either machine to format the external HD (**you will lose all data on it**) as a neutral file system. By that I mean one which will work on both operating systems.

I could be wrong about this, and Mac OS may support NTFS, but if that's the case somone will be kind enough to correct me.

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Going between PCs and MACs.

What drive are you speaking about.
PCs and Macs (assuming you are speaking about a PPC architecture machine-- older-- not the newer dual core Intel processor machines capable of running Windows) run on different code due to the different fundamental architecture of their respective central processing units (CPU's). PC software will not run on Macs and vice versa. Exceptions to this rule would be software written using a platform independent language such as Java (open office is an example of such software).
That said, you can transfer any data that you have on your PC to the drive on your Mac. Unless you have an Intel dual core chip, however, or the software is written in Java or the like, it will not run on your Mac. It will just sit there, nicely stored, waiting for you to transfer it to a machine that can understand it.

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