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Can I use a Mac Formatted FW Drive on PC? DAW Software
Old 1st September 2007
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Can I use a Mac Formatted FW Drive on PC?

I've got a bunch of sessions saved on a mac formatted drive (logic sessions, etc.) that I have to bring over to a pc.

Im basically using the drive to save a bunch of wav and mp3 files (done in Logic, but saved as wav) to bring into Sonar.

I wanna do this as an alternative to saving on dvds...

Will this work?
Old 1st September 2007
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Yes, you can put a mac formatted drive on a modern PC and vice versa, but I wouldn't use it for recording. Weird corruptions can happen. But to transfer, it's OK.
Old 1st September 2007
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I record to HFS+ formatted drives on XP with Pro Tools and MacDrive (www.mediafour.com) all the time. Works great.

Rail
Old 1st September 2007
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+1 for macdrive.. works perfectly.
Old 1st September 2007
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I checked out macdrive and it seems to be an app for windows that makes it possible to be read on a mac...?

I have a back up drive that has all my logic sessions as well as gigs of wav files that i need to hook up to a pc and use with Sonar.
Old 1st September 2007
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yep, macdrive is youor answer.
Old 2nd September 2007
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I recently started interning at a studio that is 100% Mac. Everything I do at home is on a PC. I purchased a Glyph external drive thinking I would be able to easily copy and transfer data. The people at Glyph told me my best bet was to use macdrive, but being a "low-ender", I had to find a cheaper solution. Well it was kind of a pain in the ass, but I was able to setup the drive to read on both O.S. I had to use Windows to create FAT32 partitions. This allows the drive to be readable on a Mac. The downside is that when I connect my drive to either OS, it shows up as 8 - 32gig drives since FAT32 partition size is limited even though the drive is 250 gigs. Other than that it has worked fine for me. I should mention that I NEVER record to it. I record to the host computer, then copy files when I'm finished.
Old 2nd September 2007
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+1 for MacDrive! And now with PT 7.3 you can record to HFS drives from your PC...has worked flawlessly for me.

I work on a lot of projects that go back and forth between Mac and PC, and every now and then there will be a digi playback error...just delete the databases off the drive and everything will be happy again...
Old 2nd September 2007
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I checked out a friend who has it and it seems to install only for pcs.

I have a mac formatted drive with data on it already that I need to hook up to a pc just to transfer wav files.. I cant delete any of the data on it in order to reformat it to a pc.
Old 2nd September 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Umlaaat View Post
I checked out a friend who has it and it seems to install only for pcs.

I have a mac formatted drive with data on it already that I need to hook up to a pc just to transfer wav files.. I cant delete any of the data on it in order to reformat it to a pc.
I'm not clear on what you mean by your first sentence, but if you install MacDrive on the target PC it will transfer those files easily. I just did the same thing yesterday. Macdrive has a free five-day trial, so download it and try it out. It sure saved my a**.

Cheers,
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Don
Old 2nd September 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by idylldon View Post
I'm not clear on what you mean by your first sentence, but if you install MacDrive on the target PC it will transfer those files easily. I just did the same thing yesterday. Macdrive has a free five-day trial, so download it and try it out. It sure saved my a**.

Cheers,
--
Don
ah.. ok.. mebbbe im as clear as mud..

i dont actually have a pc.. i have a mac and a mac formatted hd with a bunch of files that i need to transfer to a pc running sonar...

wait.. are you saying to bring the app with me to the pc, install the app then i can transfer the files???
Old 2nd September 2007
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the above post is not supposed to be sarcastic, if thats how it comes
Old 2nd September 2007
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You install MacDrive on the Windows machine and it can read & write to your Mac formatted drive -- you don't need to do anything else on the Mac. The Mac can obviously read & write to a Mac (HFS+) formatted drive.

Rail
Old 2nd September 2007
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Macdrive is awesome just get it!
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