Moving Files

The Senator

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what is the best way to move large video files off my macbook pro onton my pcs harddrive???. My macbook pro is running outta space and I need more room. I have a pretty good network at my house, I have a wirless 54g router that my pc is hardwired to and my macbook pro is running wirless. Also how do I do it?? Help.
 

robbieduncan

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Gigabit Ethernet would be the best. Chances are your router does not support this, but it will support 100Mb Ethernet. That will be much, much faster then 54Mb wireless. Get another network cable and plug your laptop into the router.
 

danhig123

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... or run your macbook pro as a firewire harddrive. Turn your laptop off, connect it via firewire to your PC and turn it on again holding the 'T' key untill the firewire logo comes up on your screen. It should now appear along with your other drives for you to pull the file accross.

Danny
 

mad jew

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Target Disk Mode is awesome but I didn't think it worked with PCs. :eek:

I like the networking idea but I'm too lazy to move my machines around so I use the iPod as an external drive.
 

xappeal

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Target disk mode would work if you had macdrive installed, otherwise you could use the ethernet through you router or use crossover cable and connect the two directly.

An iPod would be a pretty quick way to transfer them as well;)

Forgot to mention, if you want to just use the wireless you could enable ftp sharing on your mac account, turn off your firewall and use firefox on your pc to explore your mac via its' ip.
 

mad jew

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xappeal said:
Target disk mode would work if you had macdrive installed, otherwise you could use the ethernet through you router or use crossover cable and connect the two directly.

Serious? Have you done this before? I thought the host computer needed OS 8.6 or later though... :cool:
 

robbieduncan

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mad jew said:
Serious? Have you done this before? I thought the host computer needed OS 8.6 or later though... :cool:
It's still the Mac that is doing the work here. In target disk mode it simply presents itself as a standard Firewire harddrive to whatever is connected to the other end. The only issue with doing this with a PC at the other end of the cable is that PCs cannot read HFS+ formatted disks. But MacDrive enables this.
 

mad jew

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If the iPod is formatted for Mac then the network is probably the best way. The iPod must be formatted (or reformatted) on a PC for it to be able to work with both PCs and Macs. If the iPod is already formatted on a PC and you have enough free space on it, then I'd probably use the iPod. :)
 

The Senator

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well the iPod is formatted for the mac. So how do i move large files threw the network?? I've never done it before???
 

robbieduncan

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Connect the two machines with an ethernet cable. Does not need to be a crossover cable. Manually assign the machines two different IP addresses, say 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2. Set the netmask to 255.255.255.0. Turn on filesharing on one machine and use the other to connect to it...
 
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