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Data Transfer Help

Windows to Mac OS

  1. Plug USB flash drive or external hard drive into your old computer.
  2. Open Start>Computer.

  3. Right click on drive when it shows up and click “Properties”. It should be under “Devices with Removable Media”.
  4. Verify that the format is FAT-32 or ExFAT. This format will allow you to read and write from both Mac and Windows. If it is FAT-32 or exFAT, open up the device, move the window to the right side, and continue to step 5
    1. If the format is not FAT-32 or ExFAT, make sure there is no important data on the device, and then reformat by right clicking on the drive again and clicking “Format”. Formatting the drive will erase all data from it.
    2. Under the dropdown menu for file system, select FAT-32 or ExFAT. Make sure the Quick Format box is checked, and click Start, then click OK.
    3. Once this has completed, you can close the format window. Double click on the flash drive or hard drive in the Computer window to open it up. Drag this window over toward the right side.
  5. Navigate to where your files are in a new window. A good place to start would be by clicking Start and then going to your account on top of the right column. The default is Morningside. Yours may be different.
  6. Drag your files over to your drive. Make sure you get the Documents and Downloads folders.
  7. Copy any other necessary files over to the drive. Music, Videos, Desktop, etc.
  8. Safely remove the device, and unplug it.
  9. Plug the drive that contains your information into your new computer. Open it when it pops up.
  10. Copy your files to the new computer. You should find Music, Videos/Movies, Desktop, Documents, etc. folders that you can copy your files into.
  11. Eject the device and verify that your files are all there and you can open them.

Mac OS to Mac OS

  1. Plug USB flash drive or external hard drive into your old computer.
  2. Double click on the flash drive or hard drive and open it in a new window. Drag this window over toward the left side.
  3. Navigate to where your files are in a new window. A good place to start would be by going to your home directory. The default is Morningside. Yours may be different.
  4. Drag your files over to your drive. Make sure you get the Documents and Downloads folders.
  5. Copy any other necessary files over to the drive. Music, Videos, Desktop, etc.
  6. Eject the device, and unplug it.
  7. Plug the drive that contains your information into your new computer. Open it when it pops up.
  8. Copy your files to the new computer. You should find Music, Videos/Movies, Desktop, Documents, etc. folders that you can copy your files into.
  9. Eject the device and verify that your files are all there and you can open them.

Mac OS to Windows

  1. Plug USB flash drive or external hard drive into your old computer.
  2. Open Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility.

  3. Click on the hard drive or flash drive on the left side, then click on the Partition tab toward middle of the right pane.
  4. Verify that the format is MS-DOS or ExFAT. This format will allow you to read and write from both Mac and Windows. If it is MS-DOS or ExFAT, go ahead and close disk utility and open up the device, move the window to the side, and continue to step 5.
    1. If the format is not MS-DOS or ExFAT, make sure there is no important data on the device, and then repartition by changing the Partition Layout to "1 Partition" and switching the format to either MS-DOS or ExFAT. Formatting the drive will erase all data from it.
    2. Once you've confirmed these settings and that there is no important data on the drive, click Apply.
    3. Once this has completed, you can close the format window. Navigate to the hard drive or flash drive. Drag this window over toward the side.
  5. Navigate to where your files are in a new window. A good place to start would be by clicking Start and then going to your account on top of the right column. The default is Morningside. Yours may be different.
  6. Drag your files over to your drive. Make sure you get the Documents and Downloads folders.
  7. Copy any other necessary files over to the drive. Music, Videos, Desktop, etc.
  8. Eject the device, and unplug it.
  9. Plug the drive that contains your information into your new computer. Open it when it pops up.
  10. Copy your files to the new computer. You should find Music, Videos/Movies, Desktop, Documents, etc. folders that you can copy your files into.
  11. Safely remove the device and verify that your files are all there and you can open them.


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DataTransferHelp (last edited 2016-04-11 13:35:18 by buthn)