New to Mac. Direct connection to PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by etownsoc8, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. etownsoc8 macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2007
    I am new to Mac. I need to transfer all my data from my PC to my Mac. I found a USB cord but it is not compatible with OS X. Any suggestions what to do? Should I just purchase an external hard-drive?

    Also, AIM for some reason quits unexpectedly whenever I use the program. Anyone else have this problem? Should I just trash it and re-install?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I hope you're not using the official AIM client.

    iChat and AdiumX are much better alternatives.

    You can give networking a try but an external hard drive it a valuable tool if you don't already have one.
  3. etownsoc8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2007
    Alright, thanks for the help. I am using the AIM Client. I will try to use iChat.
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    if your Windows machine has firewire, you can use the Mac in target disk mode (hold CMD T on boot) to transfer files. Otherwise, an ethernet cable is the next best option.

    An external drive also works, and is a very worthwhile investment. Format it as FAT32 and get your files transferred. Once you've done that you can format it HFS+ for optimal Mac performance. It's worth buying something that supports both USB & firewire. USB for use with your windows machine, firewire for faster access with your Mac.

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