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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: How on earth do I transfer 118GB of Media? Reply with quote

Ok, I've just ordered my new 24" iMac, luckily i decided on the 500GB hdd, but now i'm wondering how I transfer all my music, videos and mainly photos to my new mac from my windows PC. I was quite shocked to find that I have over 20,000 photos on my hdd but there we go!

My PC has firewire 400 and ethernet so i was thinking iof using a direct ethernet connection, but maybe firewire would be better?

The other thing is, will my photos be safe during the transfer? and no, i can't really back up all of them, the most important ones (6000?) are backed up to my iPod as full res copies.

and please tell me iPhoto will look after the for me.

Then theres my music collection. Do i drag all of it straight into iTunes on my new mac at the same time or should i stagger it? Leaving it on for a day while i'm at uni doesnt bother me if that would be needed. I was going to but a firewire to sata adapter but i dont thing theres any point as my pc has firewire anyway.

Ive managed to delete about 2GB of rubbish from my docs so i dont take crap onto the new system. Any advise would be of use. Many thanks, Sam.

btw, check out my emac on ebay Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: How on earth do I transfer 118GB of Media? Reply with quote

sfieldhouse wrote:
My PC has firewire 400 and ethernet so i was thinking iof using a direct ethernet connection, but maybe firewire would be better?


Whether Ethernet or Firewire, if you can establish a network connection and share the files, your Mac should be able to read your PC file system. The better one is the one you can get working more easily. For a direct Ethernet connection, you will need a special crossover cable.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ethernet would probably be the easiest. You do not need a crossover cable to connect the PC to the iMac, as the iMac's ethernet port can handle auto-MDIX.

I would suggest getting the two physically connected with each other, then on the PC, share your entire C drive (or whatever drive(s) your stuff is on), connect to it with your iMac, and start copying folders full of stuff over.

Once you've got your data over, then it's time to sort them in to the various programs, iPhoto, iTunes, in to various folders, etc.

It'll take some time, but it won't be too bad.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But unless the PC supports Gigabit ethernet wouldn't firewire be faster?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it said in my OS X guide that a normal ethernet cable would be fine. I dont have a double ended firewire cable around unfortunately. The PC's mothervoard is an ASROCK KV8 se plus or something. It was only £50 so of gigabit ethernet is a high end thing its fairly unlikley.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tenex wrote:
But unless the PC supports Gigabit ethernet wouldn't firewire be faster?


Firewire would be faster, but have you ever tried to network via firewire on WinXP? You'd probably save time using ethernet, versus the setup/troubleshooting time with XP. That's my experience at least...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tenex wrote:
But unless the PC supports Gigabit ethernet wouldn't firewire be faster?


Firewire would be faster, but have you ever tried to network via firewire on WinXP? You'd probably save time using ethernet, versus the setup/troubleshooting time with XP. That's my experience at least...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another method, if networking proves troublesome or slow:

External Firewire or USB 2.0 enclosure.

You buy (or borrow) an empty enclosure (or take a drive out of an existing one), remove the hard drive from the PC, install it in the enclosure, hook it up to the iMac.

Spend a few hours/days transferring your files rather quickly, because both Firewire and USB 2.0 are almost as fast as the hard drive itself, and much faster than 100megabit ethernet and then once you're done, return the drive to the PC.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:

External Firewire or USB 2.0 enclosure.

Definitely the best method.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking external enclosure as well. You can get some very, very cheap nowadays. This will allow you to use this drive for additional storage later on.

You need to evaluate, how important it is to put that drive back in the PC.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well in the uk, apple will transfer it all for you

http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/procare/

As long as you buy procare

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Procare is a huge bargain - you can get priority slots with the experts and essentially get very cheap 1-to-1 training on Apple products.
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