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copying Mac OS files for use on Windows7

by beeaach / October 8, 2016 5:39 AM PDT

How can I copy CD's of Mac OS8,-9, and -X files so that I can work them on my current Windows 7 lap top DUKA ( Danish made) computer. I do also possess a Lacie d2 quadra hard disk for eventual use. Thanks for any help, Best regards, Bert (BEEAACH)

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Re: copy
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 8, 2016 5:45 AM PDT

- Can you explain what you mean with "CD's of files"?
- Do you want to work on the CD's (how?) or on the files? What files?

Usual ways to copy anything between computers are:
- a USB-stick
- an external hard disk (formatted FAT if it needs to be written to on the Mac)
- your home network
- or or any other web or cloud based storage such as iCloud (that's especially for Mac owners)
- burn them to CD or DVD

Since you already have an external disk, I'm wondering why you ask. And since you already have those files on a cd, why not copy them from those cd's?

Post was last edited on October 8, 2016 5:47 AM PDT

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copying Mac OS files for use on Windows 7
by beeaach / October 8, 2016 7:09 AM PDT
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re.the cd's I want to transfer ,to my Windows 7 computer, the local Mac dealer discovered that the texts but not the photos could be copied,( or was it the opposite, sorry- can't remembe now!).
My problems stem from the day my MacBook broke down and would have cost an astronomical sum to repair; necessitating acqiuisition of a DUKApc (Windows 7 laptop.
"Files" is the common term here in Denmark for words and photos
Perhaps I will have to "burn" new cd's. You mention "wetboxcom,, iCloud, etc." All this is new and strange to me, so could you explain which to use? Thank you,

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Re: CD's
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 8, 2016 7:17 AM PDT

If I understand the situation correctly, it's like this:
1. You had a Mac and it broke down, so you had to buy another laptop and that happened to be a Windows one, not a Mac one (Apple has laptops also, as you surely know).
2. Luckily, you had a backup copy of your files on CD's. That's great.
3. The shop could copy text documents from those CD's to your Windows laptop, but couldn't copy the pictures (or the other way around).
4. So they did, and now you're asking us how to copy the other files from those CD's to your Windows laptop.

It would really help to get a good answer if you could tell WHAT PROGRAM you used to copy those files from the Mac to those CD's and WHY the shop couldn't do it. At the moment, since both are untold, it's impossible to help.

Do you still have the hard disk of that broken MacBook with the files on it? Or do you only have those CD's?

Post was last edited on October 8, 2016 7:21 AM PDT

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Here I would see this as no issue at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2016 6:16 AM PDT

Remember I wrote advice in the past such as so for me I can boot another OS and copy the files over to my Windows PC and then reboot to Windows after I'm done.

This is a non event here. But many can use Kees advice if they can't get their head around my way.

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Re: Linux
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 8, 2016 7:19 AM PDT

After reading the OP's answer, I wonder if booting to Linux is the solution here.

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It's not as if we would have to learn Linux.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2016 7:26 AM PDT
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As they don't have a working Apple machine, this LiveOS on a stick copy make this a non-problem.

If cost is an issue, the last 16GB USB stick cost 3.5 dollars here.

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Yes, and there's an great way to do it
by James Denison / October 9, 2016 6:20 PM PDT
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Download an ISO for linux, load into a virtual system under the windows. Have the computer hooked to a router. Both will get an IP address by DHCP. Set a folder on the windows computer to be shared. The linux system can then be used to access the files from the Mac drive, and placed into the shared folder on the windows computer. All the text files will be converted to the Windows text format in the copy over.

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There's a problem,....maybe.
by James Denison / October 9, 2016 6:14 PM PDT

Some files like text files are saved different in Linux, probably Mac also, than in Windows. I use Linux and I have choice on saves to save as a Linux file, or a Windows file and it all depends on "EOL" or end of line characters which is different between them. So, when someone sends a file from windows to a Mac or vice versa why does the text file looks OK on that system. The reason is there's a conversion process that happens in TCP/IP and FTP that doesn't when just moving files from one system's drives when slaved to another system directly. I haven't checked, but I think if you instead copy through a router, that same transition is accomplished, since Unix, Mac computer, Linux, all have programs that interact properly with SMB format on windows computers.

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