Old Dell to New Imac file transfer

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    I will be switching to the next update of the 17" imac when it comes out. Right now I have an old Dell that crashes at least once a day. I don't remember the exact year that I got it, but it runs windows 98, so it is from before 1998. Still, i have quite a few files, namely mp3's, that I would want to transfer to the imac. Since the dell only has a dvd-rom, and no cd-burner, I will have a hard time transfering the files. The only way I can think of doing this is getting one of those USB memory keys, a cheap one, with like 32 MB of memory, and transfer the files one load at a time. Can anyone verify that this will work, or tell me another way I can transfer the files from the pc to the mac?
     
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    Detto Technologies makes a nice software program that transfers all of the files on your PC to your new Mac via a USB cable. Check it out here
     
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    One option is to grab an ethernet cable and create a simple network between the two.
     
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    I think that the Move2Mac is a good product, but doesn't it take a painful amount of time to transfer gigabytes of data over USB?
     
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    Half a hour for 1 gig... it isn't ethernet, but it's ok, since it's a one time thing I guess. Imagine you have 15 gig's of MP3, and maybe someone has that, then it would dat 7.5 hours, a workday... doable for once i guess
     
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    Well, this should work with PC-Mac as easily as it does Mac-Mac, I guess, but when I get my new PowerBook, I'm just plugging it into my home network and transfering all the files I want to keep to my new PowerBook, it'll be quick and fast with 100 mbps compared to the USB way. I'd love to do the .Mac trial and use the iDisk to just sync the two, but my old PowerBook can't do .Mac since I don't run OS X on it. There's also target disk with firewire, no sure how that works since my PowerBook is pre-firewire, so I haven't used it before, but I've heard that it's really fast (4 times faster than fast ethernet), but I'm not sure if many PCs have firewire and if they do, if they'd talk with a Mac. I guess with all this rambling, I am just saying that the networking idea would be the least painful way if you have one setup. If not, then, there's always removeable data...lots and lots of removeable data...
     
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    If it works, I'll do it. I think I heard of that move to mac thing before, but I never looked into it. Time doesn't really bother me, because the Dell only has a 20 GB hard drive, which right now is about 18 GB full, but I probably only need to transfer like 5 GB or less.
     

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