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Temporarily accessing my mini's media files on a pc

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:01 pm    Post subject: Temporarily accessing my mini's media files on a pc Reply with quote

Hi all,

Not sure where to post this, but I'll try here:

For various tedious reasons that I won't bore you with, I have to go away from my apple-only home environment for a couple of weeks. I will have only access to a windows7 laptop and a vista desktop machine (yes, I know, it sucks). I was wondering if I could bring along one of my harddrives I store movies on (that I watch normally via the mini or my atv) and plug it into the w7 or vista machine and watch them on itunes on the pc?

I will have a slow, broadband connection, and need a simple way to get through the next couple of weeks watching my movies. When I return home, I will simply plug the harddrive back into my, by then, much missed mini.

Any advice is most welcome.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What format is the Hard drive using ?

Windows will prefer to use FAT32 or NTFS
The Mac will prefer Mac OS Extended Journaled (HFS+) or FAT32

So ideally you'd be looking at FAT32 to be totally compatible with both systems.

You can also add some third party apps to Windows to allow it to be able to see Mac volumes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW As its a mini your using can you not take the mini with you ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HFS as i never intended to use them with a pc. Sad

I'd love to take my mini along, but I can't sadly as it is required by my other half while I am away. Sad

What are the apps you mention that woudl enable me to use the drive with a pc?

Thanks for your help!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Macdrive - http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/
HFS+ for Windows - http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/

there is also a Free option
HFSExplorer - http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html

there are probably others as well.

I've never tried any of these so I can't give you any opinions on which is best to try
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