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How To Move Your Mac Files to a PC

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, September 29, 2016

One of the biggest problems in switching computers that is even made more stressful and wearisome for users switching from a Mac to a PC is moving your crucial and important files over to the new computer. Both platforms of course have folders where your music, movies, photos and documents are stored in, but there are some files which are harder to find or may be kept it somewhere that can’t be seen or access easily.

In Windows OS, once you've successfully finished moving these files over, the Microsoft's Groove Music app will automatically import your songs, the Photos app will also import your images, and all of your other files will still be in the folders they belong to. And in one of old articles, we’ve explained how you can move your PC files to MAC. But in this article, we’ll show you how to move your MAC files to PC.

Before we continue, you'll need an external hard drive or usb flash drive that works with both Macs and PCs. So in case you don't have such a drive already, we've got an article on how to create a drive that works on both Macs and PCs.

Follow the steps below:

So the first thing to do is to connect your external drive to your Mac via the USB port, then open the drive and select File.

1. Then select New Folder.

2.Then type in “Exported Files" and click on Return. 

3. Note: You can just skip to Step 17 if you don't use Photos in order to save your time. Mac’s photo files are a little bit tricky.

4. Launch the Photos app and click on Edit in the Menu bar.

5. Then click on Select All.

6. Then click on File.

7. So move your cursor to Export.

8. Then select "Export Unmodified Original For ..." You can also select Export Items, which gives you choices for image kind and video quality, but you will only need to select this option in this guide.

9. Now click on the drop-down menu beside the Subfolder Format.

10. Click on Moment Name.

11. Then select Export.

12. So click on your external hard drive.

13. Now double-click on the Exported Files directory.
14. Select New Folder.

15. Then type Photos and click on Create.

16. Click on Export Originals. Note that this may take some time to finish, depending on how many images you've. 

17. Then open iTunes and right-click on any song you’d like to add. If you don't use iTunes, you can skip to step 23.

18. Then click on Show in Finder.

19. Now press Command + Up buttons to move up to the Artist directory.

20. Then press Command + Up twice to move up to the Music directory and navigate to the iTunes Music directory.

21. So click and drag the Music folder icon to your external hard drive at the side menu, and hold the mouse button down until it shows the contents of the external hard drive.

22. Then move the Music folder to the Exported Files folder you’ve created already and release the mouse button. Then the selected files will begin to copy and depending on the size of the files you are copying, this might take some time.

23. Now click on Go in the Menu bar.

24. Then select Home.

25. So click on Desktop, Downloads, Movies and Documents while holding Command. Then select additional directories if you want to bring them over.

26. So you can simply drag these folders to the external hard drive in the side menu, holding down on the mouse button until it shows the contents of the external hard drive.

27. Then move the folders to the Exported Files folder and release the mouse button.

28. Then click on the Eject icon beside the external drive.

29. Now connect the external drive to your PC and click the File Explorer icon.

30. Double-click the external drive on your PC.

31. Then open the Exported Files folder.

32. So you can just double-click the Desktop folder.

33. Then click on Select All.

34. Then drag all files to Desktop in the sidebar. 

Your PC now has all of your Mac's files!



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