PC to Mac (File Transfer)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by superman666, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. superman666 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    Because I should be getting a MBP (15inch, 2.4GHz), I would like to find some way of transferring files (mainly music) from my PC to the MBP. I now realize that I have a ton of music on itunes, and transferring the files could be a hassle, but I currently have one possible way of doing it:

    I have an external HD, and what I would do is take all the music from my PC, and put it onto the HD. Than I would plug the MBP to the HD and get all the music from their. Only problem is it would take a crap load of time to copy/paste all that music on/off the HD.

    I was wondering if I could make a direct connection between the MBP and the PC... Could I make some sort of firewire connection? It would be easier to do this because I wouldn't have to deal with the external HD.

    EDIT: Oh and I just read this:
    And it explains that I can recover songs from my Ipod... Would this be a better idea?
  2. machurdler macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2006
    Hmmm... I've heard of this, but I'm not sure exactly how it works, but you can try an ethernet cable.
  3. Quicksilver867 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
  4. superman666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    Thanks for the help, I think i'll go the route of taking the music from the Ipod... it seems to be the easiest.
  5. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    For all other files connect using ethernet. Apps like ipoddisk will extract from the ipod. That is the best one that i have found but you can use whatever works for you.
  6. ScottDrummer macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    ensure you have windows file sharing on in the sharing prefs
    a standard crossover or non straight through ethernet cable works fine.
    just plug into both ethernet ports on pc and mac, in the pc type \\yourmacbookname and it will prompt you for the login account details
    locate the folder you wish to copy files to, then just drag and drop
    although i find xcopy more useful as you can use triggers for various things.
    mac to pc dosnt work so well as the filenames supported by mac are not neccesarily supported by pc.
  7. Heraldic55 macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    I have a similar question to what was posted above. Just bought a MacBook Pro last week, and this weekend, I spent some time transferring my MP3 collection from my old Dell to the new computer (aside to the OP: there's a tutorial on the Apple website, http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304721, that explains how to do this. Really, really easy).

    The problem arose when, after iTunes on the Mac decided to "organize" my music library, a number of songs went missing. If it were entire albums, that would be easy to spot, but in many cases, it wound up losing parts of albums. Does anyone know of a script that could compare the iTunes library on my PC with the one on my Mac to determine what is missing? If that doesn't work, I think I'm just going to have to bring everything over again.

  8. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    im going to get a macbook in like couple days..and what i will be doing is to open my current pc take the HD(containts like 50gb of stuff i want) and connect it to the mac by usb by using a HD cover i have...so i will be able to get get all the huge files by much shorter time! =D

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