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November 27, 2013 10:03:34 PM

How do I (or CAN I) move files between hard drives with different operating systems? I have both of the hard drives on the same PC.
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November 27, 2013 10:08:54 PM

in both os the drive should show up if there windows os. if they do you just drag and drop the files.
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a b G Storage
November 27, 2013 10:08:57 PM

It depends what operating systems and file systems are involved. If both operating systems are Windows then even if the file systems are different it will not matter, just drag and drop.

What operating systems and file systems are you dealing with?
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November 27, 2013 10:31:39 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
It depends what operating systems and file systems are involved. If both operating systems are Windows then even if the file systems are different it will not matter, just drag and drop.

What operating systems and file systems are you dealing with?


My question is solved (my OS is Windows on both)!
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a b G Storage
November 28, 2013 9:49:41 AM

Yes, it's no different from copying files to or from a flash drive. Many, if not most, flash drives use FAT (either FAT16 or FAT32), while most desktops and laptops use NTFS, yet there is no problem copying files between the devices. Since Windows knows and understands all the different Windows file formats (NTFS and FAT are all Windows or DOS file systems), it takes care of the details, you don't have to be concerned. It's only when copying between file systems that Windows doesn't understand, such as some Linux or the Apple file systems, that there are issues. If Windows Explorer on your computer can see the files on the drive, then they're copy-able.
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