How to Get Files From Another Computer to an iMac

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How to Get Files From Another Computer to an iMac
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The iMac and iBook, and most new Mac OS computers, have no floppy drive and no SCSI port, so you have to be a little creative to figure out how to transfer files from your old computer to your new one.

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Things you need

  • SuperDisk USB Drives
  • USB-to-SCSI Adapters
  • Mac OS 9.0

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  1. 1

    Reinstall applications on your new computer from their original CD-ROMs.

  2. 2

    Transfer documents one of five ways (the fifth is the most direct): 1. If both your computers have infrared (IrDA) ports (most likely if both your computers are laptops), you can "beam" files that way. (See your computer's user guide for instructions.) 2. With the built-in 10/100BaseT Ethernet interface on the iMac (10/100BaseTX on the iBook), along with a hub and an Ethernet adapter for your older machine (if it doesn't have built-in Ethernet), transfer the files via an Ethernet network. (See user guide for specific instructions.) 3. Send files to yourself as e-mail attachments, or upload them to your Internet service provider (ISP), then log on and download them. 4. Buy an external USB SuperDisk floppy drive for your iMac or iBook: It reads 1.44 MB floppies and 120 MB SuperDisks. Transfer files from your older machine to your iMac or iBook via floppy disks. 5. Buy a USB-to-SCSI adapter and transfer files directly by "mounting" your new computer as an external disk drive on your old computer. Once you see your new computer as a drive on your old computer's desktop, simply double-click on the drive icons and drag files from the old drive to the new drive.

Tips and warnings

  • Save, or locate, all software serial numbers - you'll need them when reinstalling applications on your new computer.
  • Transferring applications, rather than reinstalling them, can be time-consuming because there's so much more data to move than there is in the average document.
  • Be sure to transfer your preferences files (located in the Preferences folder in your System Folder) when you reinstall your applications, so you don't have to change your application settings all over again.

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