can i share a folder on PC with my Mac, wirelessly?

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  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

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    hi
    i have a windows pc desktop, and a macbook.
    I often find myself transferring the odd file to mac, and its a long winded process as my pc is strange.

    Can i just set up a folder on my pc which my mac can access wirelessly?
    network? would this be via internet? wi fi? bluetooth?

    I would just like to access and download the file to mac, wirelessly.
    is this possible?

    ive noticed on my mac finder window i sometimes have my desktop pc listed under the shared heading. but ive never learnt what and how this is possible.

    any help or pointers in right direction would be most helpful.

    thankyou.
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    You should check out the free service called DropBox. It's for windows and PCs. You just drag the file you want to transfer into your dropbox folder on your mac, and it will appear online and in the dropbox folder on your p.c..
     
  3. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    YEAH thats a neat idea, but i dont really want to upload my stuff on the internet. I would just like to get some stuff from my pc .... onto mac, with minimum fuss, as and when.

    dropbox sounds like cloud computing and mobileme.

    thanks.
     
  4. notstevelam macrumors newbie

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    just make a windows folder shareable over your wireless network? i do this all of the time.
     
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    Set up a shared folder on your PC, click your PC under the Sharing heading, click 'Connect as', type in the username and password of a user on your PC who has access to that share. done.
     
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    yes the user account is my name (administrator account) thats it.

    no password is set.
    shall i just make a password for my pc?
     
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    If youa re using windows vista or 7, go to the netwrok sharing center and disable password protected sharing.
    It wont ask you for a password any more.
     
  15. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    using windows xp

    do i need to go to directory utiltiy on osx?

    where do i put my workgroup name on osx?
    i dont need to set anythig up in sharing system pref in osx do i? cause i just want to access a folder on pc.
     
  16. chill. macrumors 6502

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    just add a password to windows if you can't find the no password option

    i think it's very simple to do, i remember fiddling around for 5 minutes and being able to share folders
     
  17. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hi again.

    i am going to attempt this again very soon, i failed to do it before. i tried to follow all instructions.

    i dont understand the process.
    what exactly happens?

    a file is on the pc hard drive, and how can the macbook access it wirelessley?
    what is the technology that enables the file to be picked up on macbook from pc? this is what happens right?

    say i have a folder that is 4gb on pc, i can grab this folder from my macbook and copy and paste the files onto macbook hard-drive?

    i have a desktop pc and macbook and its all a mess, and they are not entirely in sync and i often have to plug externals in to computers to transfer files back and forth.
     

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