Switching files from PC to mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lil tiger, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. lil tiger macrumors member

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    My new mac should be arriving on monday(tommorow) and while I'm anxiously awaiting it's arrivial, i am preparing to transfer my files over.

    Will I be able to save my folder (which contains my pictures, videos, text files etc) + my favourites list, and my itunes music library onto the hard disk mode of my ipod and just easily switch it over? I have been reading up on it, but some of the stuff I've read contradicts the other ones. It's the favourites I'm especially thinking may not work.. does anyone know?
     
  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Transferring your pictures, videos and text files should be fine, but I dont know about your favorites lis though since safari uses different bookmark exports than IE, if you are using firefox though it should be fine
     
  3. lil tiger thread starter macrumors member

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    k, thank you! So what if I just copied the favourites, kept them in my folder.. if I clicked on them would they open, so I could resave them? I have quite a lot, So I hope there is an easy solution..
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I do believe you can export your favorites in Internet Explorer to an HTML file that Safari can import. It might take some time to get your orgranize your folders and bookmaark but they'll be there.
     
  5. lil tiger thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you Eidorian! Do you know how I would go about doing that?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    In Internet Explorer.

    File > Import and Export

    Pick Export Favorites and when it asks you what folders just keep the selection on all of your Favorites.
     
  7. lil tiger thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks so much Eidorian and Mitthrawnuruodo!! You guys rock :D
     
  8. nate macrumors member

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    When I've had to transfer stuff from a Windows computer, I just grabbed patch cord and connected the PC and Mac; I know that my Mac will see the XP computer and you can then grab stuff off and transfer it. I think you just need to turn sharing on (on both XP and OS X).

    This also works with other Mac computers, of course. When I got my iMac G5 I got my files off my powerbook just by turning sharing on and hooking up a patch cord.

    I think that this way is much faster than burning a CD or DVD, or using an iPod to transfer files. And I don't know why you'd need 3rd party software, but I guess it would make things more automatic, instead of having to actually turn sharing on and then drag and drop folders and files.

    Good luck,


    --nate
     
  9. lil tiger thread starter macrumors member

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    what's a patch cord? I'm fairly sure we don't have one, so i'll likely stick with the ipod option. I can't see it taking that long would it? probably like 45 min max is my guess..
     
  10. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    I think Nate is referring to plugging in an ethernet cable to directly conntect your PC to your new Mac, then opening your PC folders on the mac and dragging and dropping into Mac folders.


    From one of the links that Mitt. provided:

    "Direct ethernet connection

    If you have both computers in the same location, you may be able to use an Ethernet cable to connect both computers together and copy files between them. You may need an Ethernet crossover cable depending on which model Macintosh you own. See below the related document "Macintosh: Computers That Require an Ethernet Crossover Cable" to see if you will need an Ethernet crossover cable. This method has the advantage of being fast and being able to transfer any amount of data."

    Congratulations on your new Mac!
     
  11. lil tiger thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, unless they give me one of those with the powerbook, we don't have one.

    thanks for the info!

    and thank you! :D I'm extremely excited!
     
  12. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to try that route, you can buy a cable at any Staples, Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, etc. Here's a 7' example:

    http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/s...10051&langId=-1&productId=86947&cmArea=SEARCH

    Also - do you have a cable modem - if so, there's likely an ethernet cable connecting the modem to your computer. You can just use that cable to facilitate the transfer. Good luck with the file transfers.
     

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