Web Developer & Photographer

Surprisingly, one of the easiest things when moving to the Mac, is getting all of your previous files from the PC moved over. It’s actually something a lot of newcomers have questions about. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your Mac, open up System Preferences.
  2. In System Preferences, click on the Sharing icon.
  3. Near the top of the window, change your Computer Name to something else, preferably with one name (i.e. Mason).
  4. Now, check the File Sharing service in the left pane.
  5. Once you’ve done that, click on the Options button located in the bottom right.
  6. Check the “Share files and folders using SMB”. Make sure you check the Account name right below too.
  7. Quit System Preferences and go to your Windows PC now.
  8. From the Start menu, go to Run.
  9. Type in \masonMason (i.e. mason is my Mac’s admin name, and Mason is my Computer Name).
  10. Then a window will prompt you for your username and password. Type in the same username and password you do on your Mac.
  11. After doing that, you will see all of your Mac’s folders in a new window.
  12. I recommend just dragging the files you want directly onto the corresponding Mac folder.
  13. It can take a while depending on your file sizes.
  14. That’s it!

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