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How to Move Your PC files to a Mac

Oyetoke Tobi - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Moving and transferring your files from one computer to another has never been easier, especially if they are both different platforms and Operating System. One of the issues when migrating from one OS to another is moving your files, especially if you're migrating from a PC to a Mac. The reason is because both platforms have different directories where you're supposed to store photos, music, documents and movies; however, it's not that easy as copying and pasting your archives.

The annoying thing about OS X is that it won't automatically set up your files like videos, music and photos in one place after moving them. Unlike Mac, Windows offers a feature that’s helps you to automatically organize your files properly. For example the Groove Music on Windows 10 automatically synchronizes all music in your local storage.

Requirement

External drive

So before we continue, you'll need an external hard drive which is formatted into a file system that supports both PCs and Macs. In case you don't have a drive that is formatted into exFat file system, you can check this guide on formatting a drive to work on both platforms.

Method

Now connect your external drive to your PC through the USB port and select "Open folder to view files."


Then create a new folder. You can do this by clicking the New Folder icon.


Then type in "Exported Files" and press Enter.


Then click on Quick access to quickly navigate to all your files.


So from there you can copy all the files you would like to move. You can select them at once by holding down the Ctrl button and selecting the files you want.


Then copy these folders into the Exported Files you created earlier in the external hard drive.


Then wait for some few minutes for the files to copy, depending on the size of the files you’ve selected.

Then at the bottom-left beside the taskbar, click the on Up arrow in the System Tray.


Now select the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon. 


Click on "Eject Mobile Drive" and wait for it to eject your external drive, then you can now disconnect your external drive.


Now connect your external drive to your Mac and click on File in the Menu bar. Then select New Finder Window. 


Click on the Backup Drive from the side menu. 


Then double-click the Exported Files folder. 


Double-click also on the Desktop folder. 


Then click on Edit.


Then click on Select All.


You can now drag all these files to Desktop in the sidebar. You can repeat all these steps to get all your Photos, Movies.


All your PC files are now available on your Mac.






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