transferring data to imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by imac123, May 8, 2008.

  1. imac123 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2008
    I switched from a PC to iMac yesterday and I'm wondering what the BEST way is to transfer my files. I'd prefer not to have to pack up both my computers and take it to the apple store to have them do it...

    I have one external HD that isn't too large (about 70 GB) so I could copy, paste, delete, and repeat for about 250 GB worth of data.

    Or another option is to burn data cd's then copy them all to the iMac.

    I was wondering is there any way to DIRECTLY connect the PC to the iMac via ethernet or firewire and transfer data directly like that? Only problem is I can't get into the network properties in vista b/c it freezes every time (go figure).

    Any other grand ideas I'm not thinking of?? How hard would it be to "transform" my internal HD on my PC to an external that I could hook up to my iMac?
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    You could simply fit your PC's drive into a usb or firewire enclosure, then attach it to the Mac. If it's formatted NTFS, the Mac will only be able to read, not write, but that's not necessarily a bad thing anyhow.
  3. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I would just connect them both to your network and share the folders on your windows pc that you want to copy stuff from. Here are the instructions from the apple site. This is what I did and it worked great for me.

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