Transferring files between PC and Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by killuminati, May 15, 2005.

  1. killuminati macrumors 68020

    killuminati

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    I just got my Dad an iMac to replace his old PC. I need to transfer his files over (music, documents, photos etc.).

    I was wondering if I would just be able to connect the computers with a firewire cable and drag stuff over. If I can would I need any kind of program? If I can't what's another way to transfer files (other than burning cds)?
     
  2. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure if PCs can network over firewire. They will probably work together over a ethernet crossover cable.
    Another solution would be an external (internal?) burning one. People rarly have more than a few DVD's worth of info to transfer.
     
  3. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    MacOS X (10.3 and 10.4 at least, I can't speak for earlier versions) has built-in Firewire networking (TCP/IP over Firewire). I think Windows before XP did not but XP does have basic TCP/IP over Firewire.

    Either way, there is a 3rd party program available for both MacOS X and Windows which will allow full Firewire networking (including shared drives, folders and printers). It's called FireNet and a demo version is available for download at http://www.unibrain.com/home/.

    The options are of course a direct ethernet connection (crossover cable not needed -- newer Macs automatically detect if a cable needs to be crossed over or not and will work with even a non-crossover cable -- but crossover cables may still give you some peace of mind anyway), or using a gigabit switch between the systems, etc. MacOS X networks with Windows 2000/XP quite nicely for sharing files.
     
  4. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

    killuminati

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    So basically I can just connect them via ethernet. Then just make sure their networked and then drag files back and forth?
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yep. You've just gotta make sure you have them both enabled for file sharing. It's pretty easy, here's a pretty good FAQ from edesignuk, bless 'im.
     
  6. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for that,
     

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