PC to Mac Migration Tool?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ipedro, May 1, 2006.

  1. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Mac OSX has a very handy tool by which you can connect 2 Macs and migrate all the information and settings from one to the other.

    Is there a PC to Mac equivalent?

    Wouldn't it be an incredible switch pitch to tell Windows users:

    1) Connect your old PC to your new Mac via USB (or ethernet)
    2) Run PC to Mac Migration Tool
    3) Poof!
    • Your e-mails from Outlook are imported into Mail (as well as your e-mail account settings)
    • Your Outlook schedules are imported into iCal
    • The music found on your PC is imported into iTunes
    • The photos found on your PC are imported into iPhoto
    • Your Network settings are mirrored on your new Mac
    • You are given a choice to import documents (Word, Excel, etc) into your Mac's documents folders

    This doesn't seem like a difficult proposition. Does it exist? If not, why not?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Hack! Cough! Splutter!
    You can't even migrate emails from PC to PC without 2 men and a boy and a lot of luck, mate. Let alone contacts, groups, schedules, different versions of Outlook, Outlook Express, Multiple Identities, hidden folders, illegal characters in filenames and paths, and all the rest.

    Basically, there is no standardization that you can rely on - even between different versions of the same Microsoft program. Try moving an address book between two versions of Microsoft email programs; you have to manually remap fields in order to get all the data over. As well, any linkage between schedule appointments and addressbook entries will almost certainly be lost.

    Note the careful - but complete - omission of "your actual emails" and "Outlook" from this product's claims.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Extremely partial solution.

    Prepare for disappointment.
  4. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    I should have mentioned that I've never actually used it before so I can't account for its quality. :eek:
  5. spudzik macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2009

    having performed this migration MANY times for people I've found the a great tool called emailalchemy. it doesn't move anything but emails, but it does this well. unless the original email store is too utterly convoluted that is, then individual folders need to be moved manually. It has a great workaround whereby it makes a virtual imap server and you convert everything that needs to transfer to that format, and then just download them from the local virtual imap server. good luck with this bear of a task...
  6. macgeek73 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2010
    There is a way

    you can always buy a direct cable called switch to mac from Belkin.com:):)
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    how is that going to help? The problem is software, not hardware connection.

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