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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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