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By Shanghai Sam ·
I am about to purchase a new Apple Imac. My question is this, i have many wave files & windows movie player files saved on cd's. Will I be able to load these on to the Mac, or is there a migration process that I need to follow. In short will I be able to transfer these to the Mac, if so how?

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by James R Linn In reply to PC files to Mac

One of the main differences between the Mac and PC file systems is that a PC file is identified to type by the extension. A Mac file has two parts(binary file), one which includes the data, and the other(resource fork) which includes meta data such as the file type. When you move these over, you nwont be able to doubleclick on them, but if you launch the appropriate application, open the file and save it, it will create the resource fork.

I will admit my Mac is gathering dust, so I'm not sure about compatibility of WAV files - I think the latest version of Quicktime should play them - go to Apple's website for more information. I do know it will work with Mpeg 1 and AVI.

How you physically transfer them is another issue. CD would be the best route, as the IMac has no floppy drive.

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by trule In reply to PC files to Mac

If they are on CD, you should have no problem
at all transferring your files. The last couple of
versions of Quicktime will automatically play
WAV files as well as MP#s - and if you have an
older version you can download the latest
versionfor free via the internet.

One of the biggest differences you'll see is
that Windows depends on the filename to
determine filetype, whereas the Mac "looks
inside the file" to determine the type- therefore
the Mac is MUCH harder to confuseregarding
this. (OK - technically it looks inside the
resource fork for the type and creator code -
but the previous nontechnical reason works
as an explanation!).

Your Mac will work with a lot of other file types
as well, depending on the applications
installed. Check the excellent help system for
more information. If you have Office.Mac
installed on the imac, it will open
Windows.office documents directly as well.

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by Murray Brydon In reply to PC files to Mac

You can download Windows Media player for the mac from microsoft if quicktime does not open your files.

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by Benyo In reply to PC files to Mac

It depends on the OS version, but a standard Mac OS installation should include the filters that enable it to read PC formatted CDs (I'm a bit rusty on this but I think the Mac calls them ISO 9900 format??? something like that!!!).

I've had problems with a few m.media files before, but editing the name and removing the .*** normally does the trick. Quicktime should read anything but if not, search the net for Mac shareware/freeware. There's loads out there, so look hard and be picky. Otherwise, one of the Mac magazines used to come with a CD every month FULL of the stuff!! Good luck and keep the Mac torch burning.....

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by bheyman In reply to PC files to Mac

All the other answers are correct. To add more
info to what was already stated, if yopu do
have a problem, MacLink plus will convert
them for you. Under normal circumstances
you will not see any problems.

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by pgn180664 In reply to PC files to Mac

If you use a hub and 2xRJ45 cables and Dave (Thursby)software on the mac, you will create a mini network and by sharing the drives on a mac and the PC you can transfer data easily. I managed to transfer 40G of music and data this way. It works and is more efficient than burning CD's, and ou can transfer either way - Good Luck

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by mcirobert In reply to PC files to Mac

to copy files, use ethernet Crossover cable between mac and PC (net card in each machine) and ftp them. OSX, comes with the Apache ftp server. go to System Prefs, Sharing and click the Check Box, to start sharing.
On the windows machine open ANY ftp client, and Open the connection to the mac. you will find the IP address in the network section of the Sys Preferences, thats what you will open too. The user name will be the logged in name on the mac, password goes with the User. I transfer files through a hub, or a switch, or a router. FTP is FTP. NOTE: if your on OS9 or earlier, get NetPresenze FTP server. These are slower than "DAVE", but much Cheaper. God Bless!

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by joliver5 In reply to PC files to Mac

the IMAC should read your pc files without any problems. As far as transfering, if they are both on a network, you can download EXTREMEZ-IP from www.grouplogic.com, this simulates appletalk via IP and works very well.

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by brifd1 In reply to PC files to Mac

Yes, Windows Media Player for the Mac is
around version 7. Also, there is a migration
utility program for about $50 that transfers all
of your relevant PC files and settings to a Mac
(wav and the rest of them).

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by wlbowers In reply to PC files to Mac

Load them on a cd, move them to the mac. Download WMP for mac and Rock On Dude.

Lee

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