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Share MBP external drive with my PC?

 
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wavinwayne
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject: Share MBP external drive with my PC? Reply with quote

I use a WD "My Passport" 320 GB external drive for Time Machine backups on my Macbook Pro. I would like to be able to use this drive to transfer large files from my Mac to my PC....BUT, my PC will not read the Mac formatted drive. Are there any FREE programs that will allow the PC to access the WD drive?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to hook up the drive directly to the PC then you will need something like MacDrive.

If you want it to access it from over the network while the drive is hooked up to the MBP, then all you have to do is go into System Preferences, under Sharing. Select File Sharing, then under Options select SMB, and set up the share.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for the info. I'll have to give the sharing a try. I looked at the Macdrive 8 software, but it costs a little more than I can spend at the moment (in between jobs).

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a bit of thought, I found a free work-around (sort of). I have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows on my PC. I booted into Ubuntu, and the Mac-formatted external drive mounted to the desktop just like it does on the Mac. I was able to view and access the files. Since I can also see my PC's Windows partition in Ubuntu, I can use Ubuntu to copy any large files from the Mac-formatted external to my Windows folders.
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