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Transferring Files between Windows7 and Mac Snow Leopard

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#1 kcsummer


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Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:06 AM

I have a Windows7 laptop and a Mac with Snow Leopard that i need to transfer data from one to the other. I thought I saw somewhere an article that talked about a specific kind of cable needed to do this?

Anybody know what it is and if it works well? Thanks. :mellow:

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:22 PM

A flash drive (thumb drive) that is formatted FAT32 will work
An external USB ver 2 drive that is formatted FAT32 will work
There are external drive assemblies that use USB ver2, USB ver3, eSATA, Firewire, and soon LightPeak.
Other World Computing is a good source of info.
Most PCs and most Macs do not have eSATA or USB ver3 ports (some PCs do) PCs don't have Firewire, usually.
LapLink makes software that can include a cable to transfer from WinXP or Winvista to Win7
Of course Ethernet cables can do the job slowly and with confusion.
You can send the files to http://dropbox.com (2Gb for free) and do the transfer. (slowly)
You can send the files to a skydrive (Microsoft free) (25Gb) and do the transfer. (very slow)
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#3 kcsummer

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 11:32 PM

how do i format something FAT32. Sorry, I'm not understanding.

But thanks for writing with your ideas/suggestions.

all that sata usb2 stuff goes over my head so i guess i was born a generation too soon.

how would I do ethernet cables? Oh, well, you said with confusion so I will skip that as I am confused all the time anyway.

Right now I have an ethernet cable hooking me to a modem (no router) and I have to plug whichever computer i'm using into the modem with an ethernet cable.

So the Laplink is not usable on Macs?

what is a firewire if I could ask? :blink:

I will look into the skydrive - is it something i could just do like at night when I'm going to be off anyway?

Sorry to have more questions.

It says I have this on my firewire:

Maximum Speed: Up to 800 Mb/sec
Type: FireWire
BSD Device Name: fw0
Hardware (MAC) Address: 60:33:4b:ff:fe:82:bf:24
Configuration Method: DHCP

Edited by kcsummer, 23 February 2011 - 11:48 PM.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 06:58 AM

Switch 101: Migrate your Windows files or system to your Mac

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 01:39 PM

Definition of firewire:

Definition of Thunderbolt AKA lightpeak!:

How to format a drive in mac os x or windows to fat32:

Any other questions please feel free to ask. :)

Edit: Corrected nagging spelling. :P

Edited by computerxpds, 24 February 2011 - 01:39 PM.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 01:29 AM

Thanks for the links n stuff, I will sure check it all out. I should be running some kind of service or signing up for one, I have so many things to work on that all need techno info or legal or something so that's mostly my life, finding out stuff, now if only I could get paid to cover some of my increased expenses.

I'll get it figured out SOONER hopefully rather than later. :blink::mellow:

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