Ethernet connection/data transfer from PC to Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by locustwounded, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. locustwounded macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2009
    I just purchased an external HD for my Powerbook G4.
    Im trying to transfer my old media from my PC to my Mac.
    I've had difficulties partitioning a section of the hd on my pc that will be compatible with mac because the pc will only partition in one format (NTSF I believe).

    So my questions are:

    Can I connect the two via ethernet?

    Or is there some other solution I have not come across?

    I've searched for an answer but most help instructions are not according to the exact specs I'm dealing with.

    I'm running Windows XP on the PC and Osx 10.4.11 on my 1.5 Ghz Powerbook G4

    Thank you in advance
  2. enberg macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2010
    If you have a LAN, the easiest way is probably to turn on sharing on the PC and connect via SMB from the Mac. Otherwise you'll need to get a crossover cable.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Most modern computers don't need crossover cables anymore; they are smart enough to figure it out.
  4. ynk1121 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2008
    I know Leopard can read a NTFS partition but can't write to it (not sure when that started). You'll want the drive formatted in FAT for both to read and write to it. Plug the drive into the mac, go to Applications-->Utilities-->Disk Utilities. Click on the external drive from the left side choices. Click on the erase tab. CHOOSE MS DOS FORMAT. Click erase. Once it's erased it should work on both computers.
  5. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    Windows can format the Partition to fat32 file system as well.
  6. locustwounded thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2009

    Thank you ynk1121. That worked like a dream.
  7. Baffles macrumors regular

    May 27, 2008
    Upstate New York
    FAT32 sucks. It is unreliable, and inefficient. You're better off instaling macfuse/ntfs-3g or something similar to enable rw access to the NTFS partition from OS X, in my opinion. That's what I would do.

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