Moving Files from Windows to Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kimi, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. Kimi macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2005
    Newcastle, England/ Stirling Scotland
    It's come up to the time when I'm backing things up again on this Windows box, And it's got me thinking on how to move everything over to my Mac when I get it at the start of the new year. My back up mean copying everything onto another internal hard drive, not external so I can't just pic it up and plug it in to the Mac. So I'm thinking 'Is it worth burning everything to CD/DVD this time'.

    I've got a firewire to firewire cable 'somewhere', but not an ethernet cable. Am I able to plug my Mac into a PC and use a cable, or do I need to use the Discs. The files are maily music (25gig+) and movies (70gig+).
  2. alex_ant macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    Definitely buy an Ethernet cable. Just plug one end into the PC and the other end into the Mac. You can then access your PC hard drive from your Mac (it will show up as an icon on the Mac's desktop) and copy the files over that way.
  3. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Just out of curiosity, does it need to be a patch lead or a cross-over ethernet cable? I know back in the days before WinXP and OSX they were required for networks of two computers, but does it matter anymore???
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Modern Ethernet adapters will automatically flip-flop the leads as needed. info on Macs that support this -- it's possible that the PC can do this, in which case it won't matter if your Mac can deal without a crossover.

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