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Windows 7: Switching to Mac

13 Mar 2011   #1
dennis7490

windows 7
 
 
Switching to Mac

How difficult is it to get all one's files from Microsoft to Mac?


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13 Mar 2011   #2
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If you have an external hard drive, you should just copy all of the files on there. Then when you plug it into your Mac, it should be easy to copy the files onto the Mac.
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13 Mar 2011   #3
heleonardman

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

GO mac!!! Wish I could afford one
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13 Mar 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It should be simple, isn't everything on a mac simple, failproof and 100% totally safe and secure
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13 Mar 2011   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
It should be simple, isn't everything on a mac simple, failproof and 100% totally safe and secure
It took four posts before that type of response was given. I was betting on post two.
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13 Mar 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry, i got to it as soon as I found it.
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13 Mar 2011   #7
bug67

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Edited cuz I don't want to start anything.
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13 Mar 2011   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Dude, you aren't supposed to look inside of it. If you need to get inside of it, take it to the Apple store and let the geniuses do it for you.
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13 Mar 2011   #9
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

*sniff*

Eh, this thread smells foul...
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14 Mar 2011   #10
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dennis7490 View Post
How difficult is it to get all one's files from Microsoft to Mac?
In practice (and depending on how much data you need to transfer) you could use one of three things:

1. Use an external drive/medium - HDD, SSD, flash drive, DVD-RW (no BD drives on Macs, right?). This is the simplest option technically, but may take very long if you have lots of files and then it requires your actual presence to swap the drive between the machines.

2. Set up a ftp or sftp server on either of the machines and transfer your files over the network. This should be also rather simple, since MacOS is basically a Linux clone these days, so there should be such a server built-in, but I have no access to one, so I can't verify it. On the Windows side you need to install some software, personally I use Cygwin.

3. You can go through the cloud - i.e. upload your files somewhere safe and then download them to your target machine. Plenty of options there, Google is your friend (some people might even use their employer's servers, but I don't know your situation in that respect, again the amount of data is important).

A couple of other options exist, mostly for a direct connection between computers (i.e. without a use of the IP protocol and router hardware), like some special USB cables, but I am not sure these will work between a PC and a Mac.
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