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Migration Assistant

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bobzam Calculating status...
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May 16, 2013 7:19 AM

I am trying to transfer stuff from my Windows 7 PCM to my new iMac OS X 10.8.3. They are connected by a brand new CAT6 Ethernet cable. The computers will not connect to each other.

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,695 points)
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    May 16, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to bobzam)

    Have you turned on filesharing on the PC?

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,695 points)
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    May 17, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to bobzam)

    Before the Migration Assistant can work your Mac will have to be able to 'see' the PC. That they aren't both wireless isn't an issue unless they aren't on the same subnet. An IP address looks like this: and your two computer IP addresses should be the same for the first 3 sets - only the fourth should be different. And the fourth must be different. Still it would be best if both were connected via cable because wireless will be very slow if you have more than a couple GB of data to transfer.


    You may find this article helpful to get FileSharing set up between the two computers.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,350 points)
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    May 19, 2013 6:43 AM (in response to bobzam)

    There may be something useful here:


    How to use Migration Assistant:





    Troubleshooting Firewire target disk mode:


  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,695 points)
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    May 19, 2013 8:16 AM (in response to bobzam)

    File server & Migration with a PC either works or it is a &#%! to get going. I am in IT so in the end I've always gotten it to work but there've been times when I've used a few choice words at Bill Gates & Co. Your other choice, of course, is to use an external drive to copy files from the PC to the Mac. You'll need a backup drive anyway. Unless you buy a Mac specific drive (and there's no reason to) it will be pre-formated for Windows and that's okay. The Mac will be able to read the files. Copy all your documents, music, video, etc and then drag them to the appropriate folders on the Mac. You can reformat the drive for TimeMachine once this is finished.


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