Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by azdmelani, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. azdmelani macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2008
    I just read another post that it would take the Apple store 2 days to transfer files from my laptop to a macbook. Since I dont have an external hard drive I was thinking of investing in Detto's Move2Mac software and doing this myself, I already have the USB cord from using the Intellimover from PC to PC in the past.


    Thanks in advance
  2. G5power macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    Rather then buying a product to move your files. It would seem like that cost would be a go a long ways towards buying an external drive.

    Plus your investment in the external drive will let you use it with Time Machine for backups.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

    Actually, the cost of the product is to save time.

    Apple store = free.

    External harddrive requires time to actually move files and doing it manually. Besides, Windows save files in different unintuitive places, and it's likely the user will take a long time to find the files.
  4. Mr$Whale macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    Actually, I would advise against it. I used it a few years back when I got my first Mac (a G4 iBook) to transfer stuff from the PC to the laptop. It really wasn't any faster I think than just putting the files on a trial mobile me account, or as others have suggested an external hard drive. It's $50 for a piece of software you'll use once or twice, and then discard. An external drive, would be the best way to go, or if you want to really do it on the cheap on your own terms, maybe utilize the 90 day Mobile Me trial period which comes with free online storage and syncing I believe, and do it that way.
  5. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    Basically your choices are:

    Pay 100+ dollars get a harddrive and it will serve you in the long run.
    Pay less then 100 dollars do it the way you said.
    Pay Nothing and let a pro do it.

    Personally I would go with option one and 3 because I backup my files every week with the Harddrive and there actually files you might miss but pros can get.
  6. G5power macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    My read of the original post is that the Apple store was going to take 2 days and so the poster wanted to look at options.

    One option being to purchase software - my point was simply that an external hard drive could be used to move files and then later would have great value for use with Time Machine.

    To each their own.
  7. azdmelani thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Thanks very much for the suggestions. Any recommendations for a hard drive?
  8. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    The fourth option is to network both computers and copy the files from old to new. This is how I transfered from my old Windows PC to my new MBP. This may be more time consuming, but it's free and easy.

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