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How to Transfer Files Between Windows & Apple

Windows and Apple have different file systems and so it is not easy to transfer files from one of them to another. However, there are some ways that you can use to transfer data from Windows to Apple, but before doing so, you need to check the disk format to find out whether it is NTFS or FAT. This is because NTFS is not supported in the Apple operating systems prior to Mac OS X 10.3. If you connect an NTFS hard drive with an Apple computer, it will require formatting. In that case, you need to think of another option to transfer the data instead of formatting it.

Methods of transferring data from Windows to Apple

For transferring data from a Windows PC, Apple has its own service for their customers. The company runs it from the Apple Retail Stores in America. For now the service is available only for the US customers; and it is known as PC Data Transfer service. You can contact your local store to accept the service.

Other than that, there are some other methods to accomplish the task, but all of them are run by third parties. There is a third party application called Move2Mac, which you can use to transfer your Windows data in a Mac computer. This application is based on the combination between software and hardware.

Different portable devices are very easy methods to transfer data between PC and Mac. You can use a portable hard disk with USB connection or FireWire driver. The USB devices are more easily available, but competitively slower. The FireWire drivers are faster and also available everywhere, but the problem is that not all PC’s have a port for connecting a FireWire drive.

Other portable devices like ZIP or MO are also usable; however they are not widely used in these days. The CD and DVD are competitively easier than other portable devices. They are very easy to find as a part of the integrated part of the CPU, can run in any type of computer, and are cheap and easy to carry. This is also a more secure way than the hard disk to store back up data.

The transfer process can be completed virtually too by using shared file servers or via emails. If both PC and Mac have access to the same server in a network, they can share the same files without any difficulties.

For smaller files, like word documents, photos, songs or other files and applications with smaller size, they can be transferred through an email. For any file over 1MB, high speed internet connection is required. For transferring large files, you can use your Mac account. The iDisk system can transfer all the data from your PC to your Mac through internet. If you have a slow connection, the transaction may take a long time, but the iDisk will confirm the transfer process.

If two computers are located closely, you can use direct Ethernet crossover connection to copy files from your PC to the Mac.

And the last method is that you can connect the Windows hard disk directly with the Mac; but this is possible only if the disk is formatted in FAT or FAT32 file system.

How to Transfer Files and Change Settings

You have bought new system with Windows7 installed in it. Now you wish to transfer all your data from your old system having earlier version of Windows to new system. You can either chose each and every file to be transferred and make use of external HDD to transfer it or can use Windows Easy Transfer. It is very efficient software that lets you transfer all the data which is selected as per your settings. So there is no need to select each and every file as it is tedious and you might miss important file. You can transfer documents, photos, music, favorite mails and contacts by using this software.

Before the transfer begins, you have to make sure that you are logged in as an administrator. You can not use Easy Transfer if you are not logged in from administrator. After confirming, you have to install Windows Easy Transfer on an old system. This can be downloaded from Microsoft website. This software comes preinstalled in windows 7. Later you have to choose the transfer mode. You can transfer data in three different ways. It can be done by using external HDD or flash drive or you can use special USB cable or you can transfer across the network if both the computers are in same network. Now we will see each method in detail.

To transfer data using HDD, first you have to start Easy Transfer software on both the computers. You have to select the method of transfer which is external HDD in this case. There you will be asked if the computer you are currently using is old or new. You have to choose ‘new’ for the computer in which data is to be transferred and then proceed as per instructions. Now go to old computer and there select option ‘old’ after attaching external HDD or flash drive. The software will scan your system or all the possible types of files that can be transferred. You can even customize your selection after the process is completed. Password can be set for security purpose if you wish to. Select the HDD to save the file and you are done with old system. Now attach the HHD to new system and select previously stored file to start the transfer. You can view transferred files later.

Depending on method of transfer you chose, procedure changes slightly. To transfer the files using USB cable you have to follow the same procedure as stated above. Only instead of choosing HDD, you have to select option indicating Easy Transfer Cable. By selecting old or new computer and ensuring that both the computers are properly connected by cable, process can begin.  In this option also, you can check transferred data later. Network transfer also works in same fashion. However, Windows Transfer can not transfer files from 64-Bit version to 32-bit version. If you are willing to transfer data from 64-bit Vista to 32-Bit Windows7, then you can use manual method of ‘copy and paste’ to perform operation. You can even use backup files for the same purpose. Use of Easy Transfer software is the easiest and most reliable way for transferring data.

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