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Windows 7: I don't know Jack about MAC but need help with a question

13 Jul 2011   #1
linnemeyerhere

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I don't know Jack about MAC but need help with a question

My brother in Oregon is going to let me build him a banging new computer if applicable but he also has a 5 year old Mac all in one system that he wants to bring files over and either convert or be able to open. He tells me that new Mac owners will forward things that his old Mac can't open it's that old. (like an old version of word that has to be converted before opening)

1) Is this a dual boot OS applicable situation with Mac & Windows? Mac doesn't sell their OS do they?

2) What would be the best way to grab and convert his Mac files to MS Office and the like?

3) Or is the best solution a Mac with Snow Leopard or what ever it's called now to open PC files.

4) He has music, video and data files like we all have and I just can't wrap my head around how I can help a Mac user......is there help for them? lol funny the Mac user will say the same thing about the PC user, hence the commercials.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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13 Jul 2011   #2
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

What MAC OS version does he have?
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13 Jul 2011   #3
linnemeyerhere

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Just got off the line and he has OSX 10.4 and then an older version of Photoshop for the Mac is all he has.
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13 Jul 2011   #4
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Just got off the line and he has OSX 10.4 and then an older version of Photoshop for the Mac is all he has.
OK, I'll check with an expert and get back to you...
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13 Jul 2011   #5
linnemeyerhere

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I instant chatted with an Apple rep and she said the Mac can run PC programs but the PC can't run the Mac programs which I kind of suspected. Once people with Mac's have a lot of Mac files it's kind of hard to get them to PC is my guess?
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13 Jul 2011   #6
Maxwell

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well 10.4 is extremely old.. OS X (Macintosh) Can only be installed on macs.. Unless you would like to Hackintosh. Hackintoshing is installing Mac OS X on a windows PC. Its not a straightforward process, and is truely just a pain in the ass. I wouldn't recommend it at all for a non geek. The problem he is having is nothing for 10.4 is supported anymore, and most applications will not even run on it. You can convert all of his stuff depending on what programs he is using. Everything he has for iWork (equivalent to office, but made by apple) is basically a lost case. I'm not positive but I think that you could import it into Google Docs (can somebody confirm this?). Everything else will be pretty easy. The hardest transition will be him coming from a Mac to a PC. The transition is easy when its PC going to Mac, but not the other way around.

If hes using a computer with 10.4, just get him a Mac Mini.. They are awesome computers and there wouldn't be any problems for him transitioning.
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13 Jul 2011   #7
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I instant chatted with an Apple rep and she said the Mac can run PC programs but the PC can't run the Mac programs which I kind of suspected. Once people with Mac's have a lot of Mac files it's kind of hard to get them to PC is my guess?
True, but if memory serves me... From a certain OS version onwards, the mac could place files on an external HDD that had a filesystem config such that both Mac and pc can read/write.... Would that help you?
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13 Jul 2011   #8
Maxwell

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MvdB View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I instant chatted with an Apple rep and she said the Mac can run PC programs but the PC can't run the Mac programs which I kind of suspected. Once people with Mac's have a lot of Mac files it's kind of hard to get them to PC is my guess?
True, but if memory serves me... From a certain OS version onwards, the mac could place files on an external HDD that had a filesystem config such that both Mac and pc can read/write.... Would that help you?
Mac OS can read NFTS, but it cannot write to it. HFS+ Is the mac filesystem and you cannot read it on a PC without a separate program.
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13 Jul 2011   #9
MvdB

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxwell View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I instant chatted with an Apple rep and she said the Mac can run PC programs but the PC can't run the Mac programs which I kind of suspected. Once people with Mac's have a lot of Mac files it's kind of hard to get them to PC is my guess?
True, but if memory serves me... From a certain OS version onwards, the mac could place files on an external HDD that had a filesystem config such that both Mac and pc can read/write.... Would that help you?
Mac OS can read NFTS, but it cannot write to it. HFS+ Is the mac filesystem and you cannot read it on a PC without a separate program.
What is that seperate program? Strange, i exchange files with my son who is on a very modern mac and I am not aware that i use any special program for that. I'll have to check with him what he does....
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13 Jul 2011   #10
Maxwell

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MvdB View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxwell View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MvdB View Post

True, but if memory serves me... From a certain OS version onwards, the mac could place files on an external HDD that had a filesystem config such that both Mac and pc can read/write.... Would that help you?
Mac OS can read NFTS, but it cannot write to it. HFS+ Is the mac filesystem and you cannot read it on a PC without a separate program.
What is that seperate program? Strange, i exchange files with my son who is on a very modern mac and I am not aware that i use any special program for that. I'll have to check with him what he does....
There are some that will let you read the HFS+ Format. Not write to it though i'm not positive what its called.
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