Transferring files from PC to Mac
Asked by: dave76-ga
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16 Sep 2003 07:48 PDT
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Question ID: 257284
Hello. I've just purchased an Apple Powerbook, and I want to find a way to transfer several GB of data from my Dell PC laptop to it as quickly as possible. Both machines have Firewire ports, so I'm hoping that there is an easy way to use that to move the data over, alternatively, they both have WLAN cards in them, so that might work as well - or is there another way? The PC is a Dell C840 Latitude with Win XP Pro, the Mac is the new 15" Powerbook with OS X (v10.2). Links to 'How to' web sites would be great, or shareware software that will solve the problem. Any suggestions that involve burning CD's won't be helpful (too much stuff!) and I do'nt have access to a DVD burner. Cheers, Dave
Re: Transferring files from PC to Mac
Answered By: livioflores-ga on 18 Sep 2003 09:49 PDT
Hi dave76!! I think that I found the information that you need. "Sharing files between a Mac and a PC connected with a crossover cable": This step-by-step guide will teach you how to configure your Macintosh to access shared files on a PC running Windows XP, just download the following document, it is in pdf format; you can read it using Acrobat Reader: http://pdf.euro.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/applepdf.woa/wa/document?country=uk&pn=macpc_cab You can download the Acrobat Reader at this page: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html You also will find valuable information related in the following pages: "Mac & PC - The tutorials": 'The tutorials below are designed to provide step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish some common integration tasks in a cross-platform context.' http://www.apple.com/uk/smallbusiness/mac_pc/tutorials.html At the "AppleCare Knoledge Base Documents" pages you will see the following documents: -"Macintosh: Networking With a Windows PC": http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=19652 -"Mac OS X: Sharing With Non-Apple Operating Systems": http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106660 -"Mac OS X: About File Sharing": http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106461 -"Mac OS X 10.2: How to Set Up Windows File Sharing": http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107083 -"Mac OS X 10.1 or later: How to Connect to Windows File Sharing (SMB)": http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106471 Visit also the following page: "MacWindows Tutorials - Tutorials for Macintosh-Windows Integration": http://www.macwindows.com/tutorial.html Related to crossover cables you can build one or you can buy one; see the following pages for more references: "Setting up a Crossover Ethernet Network": http://www.atpm.com/network/setup/ethernet_crossover.html "How can I build or buy a crossover Ethernet cable ?": http://www.saintrochtree.com/zones/it/articles/2000-01-01-07.htm "Ethernet Crossover Cables Explained" (with a link to cable prices): http://www.homenethelp.com/web/explain/about-ethernet-crossover.asp If you want to try with the Firewire ports I found a software that can be usefull: -FireNet- "FireNet software is the fast and yet affordable way of networking two or more PCs via their FireWire ports. Compatible with all PCs, FireNet is the ultimate software to replace standard 10/100 Ethernet networking." "FireNet is a full Ethernet emulation network and works seamlessly with all existing Ethernet-compatible software and hardware. FireNet supports all of the standard Ethernet protocols, including TCP/IP, NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and AppleTalk. It is a cross-platform networking solution, meaning that it supports both Windows and Macintosh OS, operating smoothly regardless of the platform(s) in use. Of course, mixed (PC and MAC) networks are supported. FireNet Software can be shipped together with FireBoards (Unibrains FireWire PCI adapters or CardBus cards) as well as with FireWire cables (available in 2m, 4,5m and 10m lengths) and repeaters." From "FireWire Networking Software for PC": http://www.unibrain.com/1394_products/1394_networking/firenet_pc.htm More info here: "FireWire Networking Software for Mac": http://www.unibrain.com/1394_products/1394_networking/firenet_mac.htm "The Many Faces of FireWire": http://www.unibrain.com/reviews/peachpit/Peachpit%20Press%20%20Features%20The%20Many%20Faces%20of%20FireWire.htm Before purchase this FireNet read carefully this page: "Unibrain's Support - FAQ Networking": http://www.unibrain.com/support/networking/networking.htm Search strategy: KEYWORDS: networking Mac OS X windows xp crossover ethernet cable firewire networking mac pc SEARCH ENGINE: Google www.google.com I hope this helps you; and please feel free to request for further assistance if you need it using the request for an answer clarification feature before rate my answer. Also let me know how this answer works, your feedback is a valuable tool for giving a better service to you. Best regards. livioflores-ga
Re: Transferring files from PC to Mac
From: buyaguru-ga on 17 Sep 2003 03:56 PDT
I hope itīs helpfully: Open a Network Connection Macs can connect to the same networks as PCs and share files over the network using the SMB/CIFS file sharing protocol. This means you can connect one Mac to one PC using an Ethernet cable or connect a Mac into a large, managed corporate network and exchange files with others in your company. If you have wired or wireless home networking equipment, you can move files, such as digital photos or video footage, between your Mac and your other connected PCs. If you need to access your work files when you're away from the office, you can use Mac OS X's built-in VPN client to connect remotely to your employers network. Accessing SMB Servers Using SMB is the most flexible way to access non-Mac file server networks. You dont need any special software running on the Windows server to the server, your Mac is just another PC on the network. Because of this, you can also access PC workstations that have file sharing turned on. How di I access windows file Servers: Before you start, youll need to have TCP/IP set up in Mac OS X. Youll also need to be listed as a user on the server with the appropriate permissions to access the PC. Browsing the Network To log onto an SMB server, open the Go menu from the Finder and select Connect to Server: The Connect to Server dialog box will open. Any servers youve previously connected to will appear in the pop-up menu at the top of the dialog for easy access. Available Windows servers will appear in the left column. To connect for the first time, select the server, then press the Connect button. A login screen will appear. Here youll type in your user name, password and domain (smaller networks may not have a domain). When you click Connect, the server volume will mount on your desktop and appear in the Computer view of the Finder. (It looks like a globe sitting on an external hard drive.) Double clicking opens a Finder window, which you can use to drag-and-drop files between the server volume and your hard disk. Connecting Manually You can also connect manually to a server using its URL in the Address field. Unlike URLs for the Web, which start with http://, youll use a URL starting with smb://. The most basic URL form is this: smb://ServerName/ShareName/ The share is the folder or hard disk being shared on the Windows server or workstation. The server name can also be an IP address:smb://192.428.26.101/ShareName/ or a DNS name:smb://username@ServerName/ShareName/ On some networks, you may need the workgroup name. You can add this before the server name with a semicolon separator, as in:smb://workgroup;servername/ShareName On smaller networks, or if youre accessing a PC with file sharing turned on, you may be able to skip the share name, as in:smb://ServerName/ After you type in the URL, click the Connect button.
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