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Moving data from Mac to PC

by pdm76 / January 21, 2006 1:43 AM PST

Hi there,

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!

- P.

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How about Networking the two together
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 21, 2006 3:35 AM PST

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



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by pdm76 / January 27, 2006 5:35 AM PST

Hello good sir,

Once again you have helped me out greatly! Thank you very much. I had no idea you could network a mac and pc together, but I figured it out and transferred everything over. Thanks again!



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Well done.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 27, 2006 8:03 AM PST
In reply to: thanks!

Glad to hear you accomplished it


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by redtortilla / October 6, 2010 5:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Well done.

Well, tell us how you did it! First thing that comes to mind is File Sharing and local ip address. Getting warm? I have 200 gigs to transfer and MacDrive is worthless.

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File Sharing is what he used.
by sturner--2008 / October 7, 2010 3:15 AM PDT
In reply to: And?

The only other method is to use a server with shared areas, or an FTP site. If you have an account with a web based service.

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by fragole / October 7, 2010 4:59 AM PDT

Try using DropBox. I love it and use it all the time.

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