PC to Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Spinach, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Spinach macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2005
    I'm trying to transfer some files from my old pc to my new powerbook. Can I do that with a "firewire" with a two ended usb. I was told to get a flash drive and transfer back and forth or to burn it to CDs and transfer.

    IS there anyway to transfer directly to my mac or is the flash drive the best way?
  2. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2003
    If it were me, I'd hook them into each other via ethernet. Grab a bit of Cat5 and you're good.

    oh, and WTF is a "firewire with two ended USB"? :: puzzled ::
  3. Spinach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2005
    Thats an xample of my limited computer knowledge.

    Anyhoo, WTF is Cat5?

  4. SolidSnake macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2005
    its the cord you use to hook up ethernet. usually, blue or yellow, this cord looks like a thick phone cord with an end that looks like a bigger phone end. if thats understandable. just go to the store and ask for an ethernet cord. and make sure you have an ethernet card on your pc.
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Most people just call it a network (or patch) cable.

    Also, you can network using firewire, but in no way does it involve USB cable and I only found it to be marginally faster than a network connection...
  6. Spinach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2005
  7. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005

    If you have a direct connection between the 2 make sure the cable is a "cross over" cable.
  8. Spinach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2005

    Seriously what am i missing? I've googled several guides and they are all similar.

    Finder-->Go-->Connect to server-->smb//:"comp name"or ip

    is there an ip address for the PC that isn't the one set by the ISP?

    I am not going through the ISP i am going directly from mac to PC.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated...I am not getting anywhere with the guides. I think they are leaving out some vital info like special software or Configuring the PC end.
  9. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    wrong. the powerbook has an autosensing eth port, so it will cross over if needed.
  10. Spinach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2005
    its the fat ended Cat5 cable that was mentioned above
  11. jayb2000 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2003
    RI -> CA -> ME
    You need to setup an IP address on both systems, perhaps with a subnet mask of on the Windows box and then with a subnet mask of on the Apple.

    Then, be sure you have enabled windows sharing in the Sharing part of System Preferences.
    Then, on the PC, right-click on My Computer and choose Map Network Drive.
    Put in
    Where <username> is your apple login name.
    Be sure to click on the link the box that says something about using a different user, then put in your Apple login/password.
    Then click connect and you should be all set.
  12. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    Have you tried (in Finder) Go-->Network and seeing if the name of the other computer shows up?

    Have you rebooted both the Mac and PC since setting all this up?
  13. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Ok so since everyone is being quite vague, and you're obviously not too good with computers I'll try to make it simple.

    1. Connect the ethernet cable to both computers (doesn't matter if its a patch or not, cause the Mac automatically crosses over for you)
    2. When the PC has sharing turned on it will have a generic IP address similar to :"name of PC"
    3. Put that IP and name in the Mac Go->Server (another option is hit the browse button in this Server window)
    4. The guide should be able to help you from there.
    Hoping that you got a connection.
  14. Kelmon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I occasionally need to move files between my PC and PowerBook and the method used depends on how much needs to be moved. These are the options that I tend to use:

    1. 1GB or less = USB Flash Memory Stick
    2. 1GB to 5GB = Network connection over home wireless network
    3. > 5GB = Direct wired network connection

    Given the current thread of conversation has put you on the track of a direct network cable connection, this is how I achieve the job and it works really well.

    1. Connect the two computers together using a cross-over network cable (a standard network cable will not, as far as I am aware, work)

    2. Ensure that the Folder that contains the files in Windows that you wish to transfer is Shared. Make a note of the Share Name for the folder you assigned (e.g. myDocuments).

    3. Change the network settings of both PC and Mac so that they each have a different IP Address (e.g. Mac = and PC =, the Gateway is set to the IP Address of the other computer (e.g. Mac = and PC = and the Subnet for both Mac and PC is set to Once these settings are saved the two computers can talk to each other.

    4. On the Mac in Finder, select Go > Connect to Server > and enter the IP Address and Share Name of the shared folder on the PC (e.g. continuing from my earlier example "smb://").

    5. When the prompt appears, enter the username and password for your PC.

    6. The Mac should now mount the Shared Folder and you should be able to copy files at your leisure.

    One word of warning with the above, make sure that either the Windows Firewall (if you are using Windows XP) is either disabled or is set to allow connections from the Mac's assigned IP Address (e.g. on TCP port 445 (called "File and Printer Sharing" in the Windows Firewall Exceptions tab). Disabling for the transfer is probably the simplest option...

    This should enable you to connect at really fast speeds which makes a big difference if you have a lot of files to copy (e.g. a music collection). However, if you don't have much to copy then this may be more trouble than it is worth so, if you have the options, consider getting a cheap USB memory stick, burning a CD or DVD, or (if you already have one) connecting across a home network.

    Anyway, hope all that is of some use...
  15. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Most Windows boxes would get a 169.254.X.X address instead of 192.168.X.X if they are connected to a network without a DHCP server. I presume, since OS X also supports APIPA/Zeroconf/Rendezous/Bonjour it would also use a similar address. No?


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