Files Transfer from Vista to USB HDD to MAC

October 28, 2011 at 20:02:54
Specs: Macintosh
Okay so I was currently using a toshiba laptop with windows vista on it and have been having several problems with it
since having it and have had to send it away to get fixed several times in each case have backed all the files i've had on it up onto an ext hd, since having to once again recently send it away to get repaired again decided on getting myself a new comp - it being a mac desktop tho.
So when I go to connect the hd to the desktop and xfer the files onto it all my files/programs have either turned into exe note type files or ink files, I know it sounds silly but there a way to fix it so i can open all the programs files I have saved onto the hd or not??

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October 28, 2011 at 21:11:21
Programs you cannot transfer like that, even if it were a Windows system. Files should be no problem, you just copy them over to the Mac. Depending on the files, you may or may not be able to open them. If they are MS Office Files, you can get Office 2011 for Mac or use openoffice,org (free) to use them, or to open them and convert them into compatible formats. With other files, you may also need compatible programs, depending on the files. Windows executables (.exe) are not runnable on Mac though.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 29, 2011 at 11:17:43
Windows and the MAC have a similar user interface and that tends to hide the fact that internally they are very different and do not run the same software. Simple text files can be usually be read and manipulated on just about any OS but even there can be problems. Beyond that compatibility becomes more difficult. Data interchange between Windows and the Mac is common but you need to have the right software.

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