fastest file transfur method from xp to osx 10.6

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Matty-p, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Matty-p macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
    ok so my new mac arrives first thing tomarrow morning and id like to be using it as my main conmputer as soon as possible but before i do that i need about 50 gb of files from my old computer running win xp transfured to my new mac .my home network is 100 mbit base (wired) and id like to know the most efficient / fastest way of transfuring all the new files either across the home network or just running a 100 base ethernet cable from pc to mac atm i am thinking windows mapped drive as the most efficient way ???????? or is ftp better/more efficient/faster ? :confused:
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    If your old PC is only 100Mb, it won't matter which method you choose.
  3. iMouse macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio
    If the old PC has FireWire, that's your best solution. Most PC notebooks have a 4-pin FireWire connector and Sony & HP put 6-pin FireWire on a good portion of their consumer desktops.

    For most of my data transfers, I just pull the PC hard drive and use an IDE/SATA to USB adapter. It allows me to move everything seamlessly because I can bypass NTFS file permissions on files or folders that I may not have full rights to access.

    If you're going the network route, use Windows Networking to share the drive and pull it from your Mac. FTP/SFTP is often slower when transferring multitudes of files.

    From Finder: Go --> Connect to Server --> smb://ipaddress_or_hostname/sharename --> Connect
    Type in an administrator account username and password used on the Windows box.
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    The method that will get them on to the Mac the fastest when it arrives, but will take more work beforehand, would be an external hard drive. It takes time to copy from the Windows box to the drive (and to acquire/setup the drive, if you don't have one handy already,) but the copying-to-the-Mac will be fast. This would get you "up and running" in the fastest amount of time after the Mac arrives.

    If you want to spend the shortest period of time actively doing the work, networking will be quickest, using iMouse's directions.
  5. tkingart macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2010
    West Coast
    Targus makes a USB cable that allows transferring files easily between a Mac and PC. Totally plug and play.
  6. Lotus Esprit V8 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    New England
    Whatever you do, stay away from FTP, in your situation it will end being like torture.
  7. Matty-p thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
  8. Griffter macrumors member


    May 28, 2008
    Exeter, UK
    What he said :)

    Also you might want to consider buying an external USB hard drive and using that. Once you're done with it you can then use it as a time machine backup.

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