with a piece of Ethernet cable and just moving the stuff from one machine to the other across the network?
If you do not already have both machines running on the same network, or you do not have a network at all, you will need to buy a length of Cat5 Ethernet cable that is wired for Cross-Over. A regular length of ethernet cable will not work for you.
It is by far the fastest, and compared with your alternative, cheapest method of moving that amount of data
Standing by for the questions on how to do it
I have a PowerBook G4 running OS X. I'm trying to transfer a very large chunk of data (roughly 40 gigs or so) from my Mac to my PC (I need to sell my Mac, so I'm trying to empty it). Fortunately, most of the files can be read by both platforms, so I don't need to convert any data, just move it. Any suggestions on how this could be done? I've thought of burning everything on to DVDs and moving them that way, but I'm wondering if there's another way. Many thanks in advance!