Mac emulator for Windows?
February 3, 2014 9:03 PM   Subscribe

I need to give some video files to an editor who needs a Mac-formatted drive. I only run Windows. Happy to (have my producer) pay a reasonable amount for the privilege. What are your favorite programs for this purpose?
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
I've used MacDrive to get files off a Mac-formatted external hard drive onto my PC. I imagine it works in reverse, but I can't say for sure. Their website might explain or you can contact them.
posted by AppleTurnover at 9:07 PM on February 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm pretty sure the Mac will be able to read a Windows disk, although it might not be able to write to it. Link.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:19 PM on February 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

Both answers are reasonable. If the editor doesn't need to write to the drive then you can hand him or her an NTFS- or FAT32-formatted disk. If writing to the drive is required, then look into MacDrive.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:21 PM on February 3, 2014

If the files are under 4Gb, just use FAT32.
posted by pompomtom at 9:27 PM on February 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

I run a Macbook with OSX 10.6 (erm...Snow Leopard?) and Windows 7. Windows 7 can read the Mac partition's HFS files, and OSX can read Windows' NTFS files. Read-only in both cases.

If you want something that's readable and writable by both, go with exFAT. It's like FAT32, but with more FAT! Actually, it just deals better with modern disk sizes and filesizes, whereas FAT32 has the filesize limitation that pompomtom mentioned.
posted by Sunburnt at 9:45 PM on February 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

A mac can read any type of format your PC can write. Macs are much more friendly to different types of file systems then PC's are. Since you specify that its video, the files might be large enough that FAT32 wont work, just use NTFS and he's computer will have no trouble reading them.
posted by KeSetAffinityThread at 12:32 AM on February 4, 2014

Yeah, there's no need for an emulator. I transfer stuff back and forth between systems a bit so here's the rundown of filesystems:
  • FAT32 - Most universal, works with just about everything. Fatal flaw is that it won't support files >4GB, so probably out for your case.
  • NTFS - Works great in Windows, Macs support it but only in read-only mode.
  • exFAT - Works with Windows 7/8 and Mac, large files, the works. I'd recommend using this.

posted by neckro23 at 5:58 PM on February 4, 2014

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