The best way to transfer files between pc and mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Xtrician, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Xtrician macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
    What is the ultimate way to transfer files between PC and Mac?
    Im looking for the fastest way. like wireless transfer or something like iCloud.

  2. Ivangf2 macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2011
    This is my first reply, but what I use is Dropbox, you can sync a folder (not too big) and automatically sync it in every device where you have dropbox
  3. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    wired network, with a fast router.

    Or firewire 800 hard drive. (but you got to format it into something readable for both windows and mac os x, like FAT, but that only supports files with a maximum file size of 4 GB, or NTFS, but you need to make your mac able to write to NTFS, you can google that).
  4. iwan073 macrumors regular


    May 1, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Using dropbox isn't the fastest option. Uploading files takes ages.
    Like arjen92 said, a network or external harddrive
  5. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    It depends . . . Are you transferring a lot of files one time? Or looking to transfer files both ways a few at a time, like trying to keep some files in sync.

    Fast is not necessarily the best, depending on circumstances.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you elect to go the route of using an external drive for both Windows and Mac OS X, here are formatting options:

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
      [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
  7. rcp27 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    The highest bandwidth means of communicating data is probably a container ship full of hard disks (50,000 tonnes of disks at about 20 knots). It has quite a high latency, though. I'd definitely call that "ultimate".

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