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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X System
I use Boot Camp on my Mac, and quite often I create files in Windows and want those files on the OS X side as well. It's a pain to take out a USB flash drive and copy the files there, reboot, and copy them again. If the files are large, emailing the files to yourself may not work either.

One solution is Dropbox. As Dropbox works on OS X, Windows, and Linux, all you have to do is install Dropbox on your Boot Camp Windows installation, then drop or save any files in theree; they will automatically transfer into OS X the next time you boot back into the Mac OS.
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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: gkotsis on Nov 12, '09 07:41:56AM

i find ntfs drivers like those from macfuse more convenient [http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/]

(though they don't work for osx 64bit)


Dropbox can be a useful app for some other stuff nevertheless...



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: macavenger on Nov 12, '09 07:53:41AM

Yeah, I was about to say - My boot camp partition mounts just like any other drive on my mac. Create something in windows, and it is immediately available to my mac - don't even need to copy it. Not that I've used it in quite a while.

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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: BoxOfSnoo on Nov 12, '09 07:44:56AM

Yeah there are other ways, but this is probably the easiest way! Dropbox is getting to be an essential utility for virtually everything on the Mac...



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: chimerical on Nov 12, '09 12:31:17PM

I love DropBox, but I wouldn't call it the easiest way to transfer something between partitions of your own computer. It assumes you have the bandwidth and connectivity to pull off large file transfers rapidly, something we can't assume about many use cases. Using MacFuse to mount an NTFS BootCamp partition is easier in the long run.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: eclpmb on Nov 12, '09 07:50:06AM
I use the free service Mesh to do that; a desginated folder or set of folders are syncronized to 5Gb of online storage and any number of Macs and PCs that you want. You can access the files from a web brower too,

I find i need to very occationally restart the client on the mac, but overall it means I can get my files no matter what OS I amon and even if i'm away from my Mac or PC.

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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 12, '09 10:51:16AM

Nice! Microsoft rips off Dropbox! lol



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: eclpmb on Nov 13, '09 03:42:19AM

Having just had a quick look at Dropbox i have to agree. I just had come across Mesh first.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 13, '09 06:44:12AM

Looks like (from the web page - I didn't actually try the product) Mesh has some desirable features like being able to sync any folder you want, not just one dropbox folder on your drive, but I accomplish this in Dropbox (on the Mac) by creating symbolic links that point to folders on my Dropbox (ex. if I have a web page in a folder on Dropbox and I create a symlink in my ~/Sites/ folder, then I can serve the webpage from my Mac and still have it sync over Dropbox.) Dunno if either one is necessarily better but sounds like Dropbox may be more bug free (at least on the Mac) as I never have to restart it or even touch the program itself.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: arizdave on Nov 12, '09 08:09:33AM

Why not just use ( as I do ) Apple's iDisk to transfer anything back and forth between OSX and Windows !!!???



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: SwissFreek on Nov 12, '09 08:20:24AM

Mostly because iDisk costs money. DropBox does not.

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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 12, '09 11:21:02AM
iDisk has also always been excruciatingly slow for me (and I've never even tried it on a PC). But as others are saying, I don't know why you'd need to copy the files anywhere... You should always have at least read-only access to your Boot Camp partition from OS X...

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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: joshforman on Nov 12, '09 08:41:51AM

I just drop stuff in /Users/Shared.

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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: Chibby on Nov 12, '09 08:54:43AM

do you have write-rights to that folder when in windows? (without any other drivers/software installed)

otherwise: just boot os-x and browse the mounted windows volume .. why to use internet to copy files?!?



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 12, '09 09:28:10AM

Snow Leopard has native NTFS read-write support, without MacFuse. It's disabled by default, but I enabled it a while ago. Google is your friend for finding the terminal commands.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 12, '09 09:29:28AM

Found it: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=785376



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 12, '09 11:28:22AM

Just remember, as with most features that Apple disables by default, this may not be 100% safe and so if your Windows data is critical, you may not want to enable this if you don't need to.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 12, '09 11:33:53AM

There's a big difference between a feature that is not enabled by default, and what you're citing as a "disabled, potentially unstable add-on"

There are plenty of features that are not enabled by default, and by no means does that mean that Apple released them unstable.

Especially with protocols, the implementation is very well defined. It's binary; it either works or it doesn't. In this case, it does.



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Potential for data loss
Authored by: PCheese on Nov 12, '09 03:59:50PM

The protocol may be well-defined, but that says nothing about the implementation being complete. There are many edge cases to be considered and tested. The essential feature set may work well now, but who knows what might happen if you transfer files with unusual file sizes, types of metadata, or file names? It's certainly not binary.

History (your experience) does not disprove potential. NTFS support in Mac OS X is potentially unstable, and everkleer80 is absolutely right in saying "this may not be 100% safe".

Suggesting the option is fine, but I think including such a disclaimer is necessary. It's disabled for a reason (whether for unresolved bugs or licensing issues or whatnot) and other users may not understand or may not be willing to take the same risk as you.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 12, '09 04:06:31PM

I'm not saying I wouldn't use it, I'm just saying it's probably not supported (I'm sorry for the comment if it is) - sorta like the disabled feature of using TimeMachine with 'unsupported' drives - and so I wouldn't rely on it for storing my only copy of sensitive data. (I think I have been burned before by copying a file to another drive then deleting it off the original, only to find out that the copy somehow got corrupted - although this was a long time ago and wasn't even on a Mac.)



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: pwsloss on Nov 12, '09 12:11:01PM

A simple solution to copy OS-X to/from Windows is to have a separate FAT32 partition that is read/write enabled for both systems. Files can be freely shared and there is no possibility of mucking up your NTFS partition used by BootCamp.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 12, '09 04:17:01PM

Are you for some reason unable to see your Boot Camp partition from OS X? If so, check if it's in disk utility and just didn't mount for some reason. You should always be able to see your Boot Camp partition in OS X (although it may be read only depending on the file system and the active drivers) and I think THAT is the easiest way to copy from Windows to OS X. And I haven't used Boot Camp since upgrading to Snow Leopard, but supposedly your Mac OS X partition will now mount read-only in Boot Camp now for copying the other way.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: flunkycarter on Nov 13, '09 08:38:33PM

lame.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Nov 13, '09 09:06:06PM

If you formatted your Boot Camp partition as FAT32 instead of NTFS, you can already read and write to it in Finder, just like any other volume. You don't even need to move the files: just work with them in place.

Even if you formatted your Boot Camp partition as NTFS, Finder can read your Boot Camp partition directly, as noted by others above. To move a Windows file to your Mac partition, just open your Boot Camp partition in Finder, navigate to the file you want, and copy it to the desired destination.

There is no need for third party internet based file syncing tools like DropBox to do this sort of thing.



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: CavDude on Nov 15, '09 02:14:49PM

Are you people INSANE? Put personal identity information on a server over which you have no control? Given time, you can be CERTAIN that some Dropbox employee is going to look at ALL of your stuff...



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One Easy way to transfer files from Boot Camp to OS X
Authored by: rab777hp on Nov 15, '09 02:57:30PM

Just make sure you don't email anyone at any time, make a facebook, touch the internet, or, just to be safe- burn all the electronics in your home to make sure no one's watching.

And because some dropbox employee is just DYING to read everyone's random crap.

Granted, you shouldn't exactly be putting bank statements there, but just use common sense, the same way you shouldn't put anything in an email you wouldn't put on a billboard.



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