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I am finally moving to a PC as the place I work has decided that they will only support PC's. The trouble is that I have all the contents of my hard drive to tranfer to my new Windows 95 system.

Both machines are on a network (TCP/IP) but transferring them using our central machine (Sun running LM Server) is causing problems - you guessed it - file names are being stuffed around!

Does anyone know a better way of doing this??? I thought of writing a CD-ROM but to be able to read it on both platforms it has to be ISO9 something compatible which means short file names again!


Any ideas would be appreciated.
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by:reuber
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Maybe using the Sun as an intermediary step is part of the problem. What if you got something like NetPresenz to make your Mac an FTP server? Then, you could go from Mac to PC directly. You'll have to be a little careful about using Text vs. Binary transfers. Most of your files can go as binary, but any true text documents should go as text.

Also, if you use a Windows 95 FTP client, I would think that some of the long file names might be preserved. (Although, from what I hear, the long file names of Windows 95 isn't as widely supported as Microsoft would have you believe.)
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Question: Why do you need to copy your whole HD to Windows 95. Your programs you use won't run any longer and for your other programms a good packer software and some discs should be enough. But if you want to move all your programs and files to Windows 95 use a packer which compresses all your file in one file. Write this file on a CD with ISO9 and uncompres it on your Windows 95 system. E.g. a zip-compressed file should have no problems with long filenames.

Robert B. Rossmann

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by:mhowse
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Executor from Ardi will allow you to run mac apps on a pc as well as read and write mac disks as for getting all your files transferred a good external scsi device for data storage ie: Jaz or SyJet or hard drive can be used by mac or pc.
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