How to Copy Files From a Windows Hard Drive to a Mac

by Jedadiah Casey

Microsoft Windows uses the NT File System (NTFS) format when creating partitions on hard drives. Apple's Mac OS X operating system uses the Hierarchical File System Plus (HFS+) format for its hard drives. Mac OS X is able to read NTFS-formatted hard drives, but it cannot write to them without special third-party software. Copying files from a Windows hard drive to a Mac is accomplished by dragging and dropping through the Mac OS X "Finder" interface.

Connect the Windows hard drive to the Mac computer.

Click the "Finder" icon in the Dock.

Click the Windows hard drive. The hard drive icon for a Windows drive is white and the name of the drive is in all uppercase letters.

Highlight the files and folders to be copied by clicking them with the mouse. If multiple files or folders are to be copied, hold the "Command" key while clicking each item.

Drag the files to the intended location on the Mac. For example, drag the files from the Finder window to the desktop. This process copies the files; it does not move them.

About the Author

Jedadiah Casey started writing professionally in 2007, with articles published in "The Flagler Times" newspaper. He has more than 20 years of experience with computers and networking. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Central Florida, as well as professional industry certifications.

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