Transfering files from PC to new MBP

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  1. Dj BW macrumors regular

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    What ways can I transfer files from my old PC to my new MBP? I cant believe that they do not include a firewire cable with a new MBP
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    If you have personal file sharing configured properly on both machines, you can use an ethernet cable to connect the two. Depending on your PC hardware, you may be able to get up to 1 Gbps.
     
  3. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    You can use an ethernet crossover cable to connect the two ;)
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    All recent Macs have auto detecting ethernet ports, so that shouldn't be necessary (although, I'm not sure about the PC...)
     
  5. solvs macrumors 603

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    Even when connected via PC, with a Mac you don't need crossover.
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    OK, that's what I figured.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    However - if the PC has a DVD burner, although it is more time consuming, I feel the best way is to burn DVDs of the data... because then you have a backup.

    I transferred data from a dying PC to a Mac for a customer, using DVDs. Three days after doing the transfer, the Mac hard drive unexpectedly failed. The PC had also failed. But the DVDs saved their bacon.
     
  8. Dj BW thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, so i just connected the two via firewire, and the pc's files do not show up on my mbp...nothing shows....any suggestions?
     
  9. solvs macrumors 603

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    Doesn't work that way with FW. You can reboot the Mac in Target Disk Mode, but I don't know how that works with PCs. A network cable is a different story and should just work in Network.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i doubt the pc could read the mac harddrive at all. unless u have a copy of macdrive
     
  11. solvs macrumors 603

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    Not even in FireWire Target Disk Mode, no. But the Mac could read the PC. With a network cable, it will.
     
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    doah stupid me.. i completely forgot about that. mybad
     

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