Learning MAC OS X!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cap2587, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. cap2587 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    I recently purchased my 1st Apple laptop. It is a MacBook 3.1. I have been a windows user my whole life and have my own computer repair business, but just focusing on PC's. I am wanting to learn everything I can about the MAC O/S. Below is a list of items I am looking to learn how to do. Does anyone have any good links, Articles and ideas on the below description.

    1. Transferring info from PC to MAC.
    2. Transferring Info from MAC to MAC (Firewire cable, full back up programs)
    3. Networking files, printers b/w PC and MAC, MAC to MAC
    4. The best programs, free and paid
    5. Transferring info from Office Enterprise from MAC to MAC
    6. Does word 2000 in Windows open correctly in Mac Enterprise Word.
    7. Transferring Outlook email info from MAC-PC and PC to MAC
    8. What are some of the default MAC programs that I should be familiar with.
    9. Converting and AVI File so it can be played on a MAC
    10. Syncing smart phone's with email programs through Itunes the same on a MAC.
    11. Installing/reinstalling MAC OS
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    1. Switch 101 - The Great Migration
    2. Target Disk Mode
    Cloning via CarbonCopyCloner and SuperDuper
    3. Many guides out there, accessible via Bing or Yahoo or Lycos or Altavista or any of the other searchable world wide web directories.
    4. Links to Software Recommendation Threads
    5. I don't know, but often a simple copy process of the right files and folders is enough.
    6. No experience on my side.
    7. Many guides out there, accessible via Bing or Yahoo or Lycos or Altavista.
    8. Finder, System Preferences, Activity Monitor, iLife, iWork, and many others, depends on your level of use though.
    9. VLC Player, Perian or Movist or many more.
    10. Depends on the smartphone.
    11. Many ways, one is this: Clean Install of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

    Also have a look at the following links to learn more about Mac OS X:

    MRoogle is a good tool (and often the mentioning is disliked) to search these fora.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Since you're wanting to learn, it's "Mac OS X" or "Mac", not MAC (Media Access Control).
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I found the book "Switching to the Mac" to be very helpful. I didn't really need it, but it made things go faster since I was a former Windows user.
  5. cap2587 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    I really appreciate all the great advice and links everyone gave me! I will start reading up and following these tutorials. Any other suggestions are much appreciated. Excited to start MacRumors Forums.

    Has anyone used the Vantec EZ Share USB cable to transfer data from PC to a MAC. Or is there another cable that you recommend.


    Is there programs that can back up an entire Hard drive with MAC OS X. I guess the equivalent to Acronis True Image, Cobain or Norton Ghost.

    I heard that there is a firewire cable that can be used to transfer information from MAC to MAC. is this correct and does this tie into the target, disk, mode. Can someone give me a link as to what the cable is called and where to buy it? Thanks.
  6. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    Yes. Take a look at the documents here:

    It depends on the ports your Mac have.
    The modern Macs (since 2009) all have a 9-pin Firewire 800 port.
    Many older Macs have a 6-pin Firewire 400 port, thus either you need a 6-pin to 9-pin cable or a 9-pin to 9-pin cable.
    Again, read the documents I linked to about Target Disk Mode.

    Btw, depending on your location, almost any capitalistic computer equipment chain will have some kind of Firewire cable, if not and you reside in that country called USA, try Monoprice or Newegg.

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