getting data from PC to PM

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by c23roo, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. c23roo macrumors regular

    May 29, 2004
    I have some rather large video files on my old Dell desktop (still running - well, running is a a strong word... - Win ME when I ditched it last year), and I want to get these files onto my PowerMac G5 Quad, as the HD is large enough to store such items...

    My question is this: Is there a way for me to hook up the two computers such that I can 'see' the PC as, say, a separate hard drive - and then just drag-and-drop? What's the best/easiest way to do this stuff?


  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    See this thread.

    And I'll paypal you to burn your copy of Windows ME to ashes. :D
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I would remove the HD from the Dell and put it into the PowerMac, then you'll have 2 hard drives and your files will be accessible. Otherwise, try networking the two machines together. There is a guide about it in the guides section.
  4. c23roo thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2004


    Having horrible flashbacks starting up the old PC. And the more I'm working on this, the more I want to throw it out the window, lost data be damned...

    Could not be any more frustrating... Tempted to transfer everything piece by piece on my 2GB jump drive... Ugh, one more reminder why I switched.

    - C
  5. Digitalclips macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    I agree with the other writer. Simply stick the Hard Drive from the PC machine on the Mac. I just did this in the exact same situation (old PC). I used a Wiebetech IDE to Firewire adapter ( to connect the IDE drive to the Mac and once mounted all the files were readable by my Mac. The Wiebetch Combo is very good for using cheap IDE drives and is well worth having anyway. Otherwise just connect the IDE drive internally assuming you have IDE cables not SATA.

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