My Toshiba laptop - opening D!

Toshiba LAPTOP
March 26, 2009 at 18:30:32
Specs: Windows 95/98, 256 MB
Hi, Hope someone can help me. I have an older Toshiba laptop that is in excellent condition - hardly used. It has a floppy disk drive & and a DVD Drive.

I eventually want to transfer some of my older documents (word, etc.) to my Mac Desktop which I'm more familiar with. So I booted up & put a DVD in that I usually use to back up info on my Mac. What I want to do is transfer the documents I have to this disk (not burn) but it doesn't seem to be reacting or it's not ready.

My neighbor says it may have to be formatted? because the computer is older? How would I do that and then how do I drag the items I want into the disk so it will be there when I want to transfer to my Mac!

Step by step...I'd appreciate it. My laptop also has an ethernet connection in it but I don't know how to use it.

Thank you.

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March 26, 2009 at 21:36:08
Is your DVD drive a DVD burner? If not you can't transfer anything to the disk using that drive.

Also, the toshiba may not be able to read a DVD-R disk previously used in a Mac.

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March 27, 2009 at 06:13:09
"transfer the documents I have to this disk (not burn)" That doesn't make any sense. Placing files on the disk IS burning to the disk.


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March 27, 2009 at 09:17:46
If you write files to a CD/DVD via drag and drop you are using a packet writing system. Files written in this fashion can only be read by a computer that has the same packet writing software which rules out a MAC.

If you want to write files on a CD/DVD on a PC and have them readable on a MAC you are going to have to use strict ISO 9660 standard. That mean no long file names, no paths > than 8 deep plus a few other limitations.

For this you are going to need some burning software like Nero that will use strict ISO 9660 standard.


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