Moving data from Windows to a Mac.

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John Gregory asked 4 weeks ago

Hi David
Have you had any experience moving data from Windows to a Mac.
I’m thinking of getting an IMac but fearful of moving all my data.
Are you able to help?
The reason I’m changing is that I’m having problems with my PC that is 8 years old now and Windows & for which support will stop in January 2020.

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Technical Support Team answered 4 weeks ago

Hi John

Thanks for the message, here is how to transfer your data from your old PC to your new Mac
What you need before you start
Before you get too excited and try to start transferring your PC’s data to your new Mac, you’ll need to have a couple of things at the ready.
You must have the administrative username and password associated with the PC.
Both computers must be on the same network, either through Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
You should perform a drive performance check before running Migration Assistant or you may not be able to properly use the software.
Click on Start on your PC.
Click on Run.
type cmd into the Run window.
Press Enter.
type chkdsk into the Command window.
Press Enter.
If your drive performance check uncovers issues, you’ll need to run a drive repair process.
Type chkdsk drive: /F (Change the name “drive” to whatever the name of your Windows startup disk is) into the Command window.
Press Enter.
Press Y when prompted.
Restart your PC.
You will need to repeat the steps above until the drive performance check returns without any issues. You can then use Migration Assistant to move your data to your Mac.
How to migrate your data from your PC to your Mac
First, connect your Mac to your PC either through Ethernet or by making sure both computers are on the same local Wi-Fi network.
On your new Mac:
Launch a Finder window.
Click on Applications in the sidebar.
Double-click or control-click on the Utilities folder.
Click on Migration Assistant.
Click Continue.
Click From a PC. when prompted to select how you want to transfer your information.
Click Continue.
On your PC:
Make sure you’ve downloaded and installed Migration Assistant on your PC.
Launch Migration Assistant on your PC.
Launching Migration Assistant on the PC is a one-way trip: It’s only designed to transfer data from your PC to a new Mac. After launching it, Migration Assistant for Windows will try to connect to its Mac counterpart. A security code will display on the screen.
Confirm that the code on your PC is the same on your Mac.
Select the files, folders, and settings you want to transfer from your PC to your Mac.
Click continue.
Obviously, there are other ways to move files between Macs and PCs. Thumb drives will work on both machines, so you can manually transfer whatever files you want to use, for example. But Migration Assistant provides an elegant, convenient and absolutely free way of managing the transition to becoming a Mac user, as long as you have the time to use it.
Good luck!

Technical Support Team Staff answered 4 weeks ago

By the ways, if you have read that an external hard drive formatted as exFat could be used to transfer the data, what’s the exFAT meaning,
Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT)

  • The exFAT file system was introduced in 2006 and was added to older versions of Windows with updates to Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  • exFAT is optimized for flash drives—designed to be a lightweight file system like FAT32, but without the extra features and over head of NTFS and without the limitations of FAT32.
  •  exFAT has very large limits on file and partition sizes., allowing you to store files much larger than the 4 GB allowed by FAT32.
  • Compatibility : Works with all versions of Windows and modern versions of Mac OS X, but requires additional software on Linux. More devices support exFAT than support NTFS.
  • Limitations : No realistic file-size or partition-size limits.
  • Ideal Usage : Use it when you need bigger file size and partition limits than FAT32 offers and when you need more compatibility than NTFS offers.

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