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    How to move .jpg files from MS to Apple-formatted external device?

    I'm a long time user of a Dell PC and an attached "external" Western Digital (WD) drive (formatted for MS) which contains a ton of .jpg files. The Dell PC makes use (unfortunately) of USB 2 & Firewire 400 technology.

    I've recently purchased a new Macbook Air and want to migrate the old .jpg files to a new "external" Buffalo ministation (formatted for MAC). This new hardware makes use of USB 2/3 & Apple Thunderbolt technology.

    I'm relatively new to Apple and MAC but am told that I can't expect to simply transfer my files from the WD to the Buffalo drive. Any "how to" suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    I think you are able to read but not write NTFS formatted PC drives by default. This Lifehacker scribe (Gina Traponi) seems to indicate this is so and mentions a program that you can use to fully mount a NTFS drive.
    Of course if your drive is formatted FAT32 you can both read and write to the drive with either a Windows or Apple system.

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    Network the two computers (peer to peer) each with its external drive attached. File system incompatibilities are overcome through networking.

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    Try transferring through DropBox. I believe it's designed to work cross platform.

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    Another option you may want to look at is "NTFS for Mac" from Paragon Software: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ It allows your Mac to fully access an NTFS drive. It's free to use for 10 days. I'm guessing it won't take that long to transfer the files. I've used it on my nephew's laptop when he was migrating from PC to Mac. They also make the opposite version of it named "HFS for Windows":http://www.paragon-software.com/home...ows/index.html This one, as you might guess, will let you access an HFS+ formatted drive from within Windows.

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