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How do I transfer photos from PC to a Mac?

Mark Hattersley | June 26, 2013
Transferring images from Windows to Mac OS X.

Use external or removable media
 
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If your Windows PC has a DVD writer and you have a Mac with an optical drive then you can use it to burn (or record) the photo files to a DVD-recordable. This can then be inserted into your Mac's optical drive and used to copy the files across.

Direct connection
If both your Mac and PC have Ethernet ports then it's possible to connect the two together and form a connection. This is actually a fairly tricky method, but it is quite effective once you get it up and running.

1. Connect your Mac to your PC using a standard Ethernet cable and ensure both computers are on.

2. In the Finder on your Mac, choose Connect to Server from the Go menu to open the window. Type your PC's network address in the Server Address text box using one of these formats:

smb://DNSname/ShareNamesmb://IPaddress/ShareName

3. Click Connect.

Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your PC's workgroup name, user name, password, and the volume or folder you wish to access.

Your first question right now is probably "What is DNSname, IPaddress and ShareName?" Don't worry, they're easy to find.

DNSname is the name of your PC. typically something like "Jones70E2". To find it click on Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System.

Check the part marked "Full Computer Name".

The ShareName is the name of the shared folder on your Windows PC. You have to right-click on folders you want to transfer, click "Properties" and "Share".

If you'd rather use IP instead of DNSname then open up the command prompt on the Windows PC and and type "ipconfig" to find it.

Purchase One to One
One final option that's worth considering is that you can purchase a service called One To One with a new Mac from Apple. You can only buy it alongside a new Mac, but as part of the service Apple will transfer all your data from one machine to another. You also get Personal and Group training from Apple trainers on subjects of your choosing.

 

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