8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 11:37 AM by Paul_31
smk6 Level 1 Level 1

I am very new to Macs, but recently pruchased a desktop and a laptop to help get me through my doctoral program.  My question is how do I easily transfer files between the two machines? If I'm working on a document on my laptop I'd like to be able to acces it on my desktop and then transfer that file back to the laptop. Is that even possible?


iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), iOS 6.0.2
Solved by Paul_31 on Jan 8, 2013 7:54 AM Solved

Click on the desktop and do Command+N to get a new Finder window and you should have the other computer listed like this:

Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 16.45.30.png

 

For 'Connect to Server' - if you click on the desktop and do Command+K you will get a window like this:

Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 16.45.59.jpg

the afp://..... address is the IP address of another computer on my network. If the box doesn't populate with the number of the other computer you can manually input the information. The IP address of the other computer can be found in (among other places): System Preferences>Sharing>File Sharing - the address is on the right.

 

You can get Dropbox from here. There's a useful video on the site explaining how it works. It's very easy to use:

https://www.dropbox.com/install

Reply by varjak paw on Jan 8, 2013 7:29 AM Helpful

Sure it's posssible. Depending on your setup and needs, it may even be really easy. If you just need to transfer files when you're at home (or wherever your desktop system is), look into AirDrop:

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4783

 

If you need to transfer files when you're out and about with your laptop, consider a cloud-based service such as Dropbox. Most of those services provide free accounts and storage; in the case of Dropbox you get 2GB for free.

 

Regards.

Reply by Paul_31 on Jan 8, 2013 7:27 AM Helpful

So long as the Macs are on the same network you can copy the file backwards and forewords across both computers so long as File Sharing is turned on in System Preferences. Also check that WiFi is enabled on both Macs.

You could use Airdrop (Finder>Preferences>Sidebar tab) or copy the file to the Public folder on the other Mac. You can use Command+K to 'connect to server' or you could select the other Mac that should be listed under 'Shared' in a Finder window.

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  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6

    So long as the Macs are on the same network you can copy the file backwards and forewords across both computers so long as File Sharing is turned on in System Preferences. Also check that WiFi is enabled on both Macs.

    You could use Airdrop (Finder>Preferences>Sidebar tab) or copy the file to the Public folder on the other Mac. You can use Command+K to 'connect to server' or you could select the other Mac that should be listed under 'Shared' in a Finder window.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    Sure it's posssible. Depending on your setup and needs, it may even be really easy. If you just need to transfer files when you're at home (or wherever your desktop system is), look into AirDrop:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4783

     

    If you need to transfer files when you're out and about with your laptop, consider a cloud-based service such as Dropbox. Most of those services provide free accounts and storage; in the case of Dropbox you get 2GB for free.

     

    Regards.

  • smk6 Level 1 Level 1

    Could you explain the Command K and the 'Shared' section under Finder? I'm really slow learning my way around my Mac.

  • smk6 Level 1 Level 1

    Again, not to sound like a complete idiot, but how would I download Dropbox assuming the other stuff didn't work well for me.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6

    Click on the desktop and do Command+N to get a new Finder window and you should have the other computer listed like this:

    Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 16.45.30.png

     

    For 'Connect to Server' - if you click on the desktop and do Command+K you will get a window like this:

    Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 16.45.59.jpg

    the afp://..... address is the IP address of another computer on my network. If the box doesn't populate with the number of the other computer you can manually input the information. The IP address of the other computer can be found in (among other places): System Preferences>Sharing>File Sharing - the address is on the right.

     

    You can get Dropbox from here. There's a useful video on the site explaining how it works. It's very easy to use:

    https://www.dropbox.com/install

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    www.dropbox.com

     

    Regards.

  • smk6 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you both

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6

    You're welcome.