Cable to transfer files from PC to Mac

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by Fidel, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. Fidel

    Fidel Member

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    Hey guys,

    I don't think this product has been mentioned in this forum so I just wanted to give you guys a heads up.

    http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=ACC96US

    This cable can transfer files between Macs, PCs or PCs and Macs. My dad got one in Target and we just tried it out a few minutes ago between my MBP and his old Windows laptop. He bought it because he has a Macbook in Manila and he wanted an easier way of transferring files from his old laptop to his new macbook.

    It works pretty well! I was able to transfer files from my mac to his laptop and more importantly, he was able to transfer files from his laptop to my mac.

    Hope this product can make things easier for switchers. Don't know where one can find it in Manila though.
     
  2. rafaelc378

    rafaelc378 Active Member

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    Ouch! 40 Bucks?

    I think you could have just gotten a cross-over cable to do the same thing for much cheaper.
     
  3. Fidel

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    Really? Shucks, I did not know such a thing existed. Oh well. What's done is done and at least my dad's happy.
     
  4. Kenneth

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    Actually a regular ethernet cable will also work as the network cards on macs will auto detect. Is this Targus cable simply a USB Cable? You could have gotten it way cheaper at Ace Hardware...
     
  5. rafaelc378

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    @Kenneth: True, but I figured the crossover cable would work considering his dad was using it with a windows laptop.
     
  6. bon

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    It can't be a regular USB cable as USB is master-slave - there has to be some circuitry in the middle to negotiate the connection on both ends (unlike firewire which can be directly connected between two machines).

    Also, just like Macs, most newer Windows laptops will not require crossover LAN cables to directly connect two computers together.
     
  7. Mad Mac

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    Can a non moderator participate? LOL.

    Don't put away that Windows laptop. It can be used as a network attached storage device. I resurrected my old IBM 380Z P2 333mhz wifi laptop. Installed Windows 2000 and Macdrive 6 so it can recognize a Mac OS Journaled usb hard drive. IN Finder, I connected to it using the Windows login username and password. Now I dump my downloads in it. With some creative tweaking I might be able to use it for Time Machine.
     
  8. Fidel

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    Thanks guys.

    It's not just some run of the mill usb cable, it does indeed have circuitry in it and built in software that lets you drag and drop files.
     
  9. vnvnvn2000

    vnvnvn2000 Guest

    Move2Mac transfers files from the PC to the Mac. Move2Mac does not move applications or convert PC files to Mac format. Most applications which have a PC version and a Mac version, such as Microsoft Office, can open PC files on the Mac without any conversion
     

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