File transfer from Win98 to Mac.

Posted on 2000-03-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I have some large 50MB files on a Win98 computer.  I want to transfer them to my Mac.  How do I do this, without using floppies, and without using email.
I'm thinking of some kind of serial connection or possibly some type of client/server transfer setup.  But I don't know enough to do this.

Thanks for your help,
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You will need a single crossover ethernet cable that will connect the two computers via their ethernet port. Then you can set up an FTP server on either the mac or PC and FTP from one computer to the other, depositing files as you go. OR you can get either a copy of Dave for Mac or PCMacLAN for PC. They let the computer installed upon see the network of the other computer. Both of those programs are available from You may also find these following 2 pages helpful:

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I have no Ethernet port on my Powerbook 1400.  I only have a PC card modem, a printer and modem port, and a SCSI port, and an IR port.  I realize how slow it would be to transfer the files with a phone line but if there's a way to do it that's what I'll do.

I've heard of using a null modem cable but I don't have one and don't wish to buy one.

How do I setup an FTP server on either computer?  What programs, ect.?  And will I be able to access the server from anywhere on the Internet?

Thanks for your suggestions, wish I had Ethernet,
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Well, without ethernet youre going to be out of luck unless you want to email the files to yourself. Its not even a matter of software. You simply have no way to connect the two computers together. A null modem cable wont even do you much good as theyre not cross platform.

It doesnt really matter how you set up an FTP program on either computer at this point because you couldnt access it anyway. Your options are: buy an ethernet PC card for the powerbook, email the files across, or use floppy disks. If you wanted to get ugly and technical you could remove the HD from your PC (only if its scsi) put it in an external case, buy an HD30-25or50 pin scsi adapter and connect the PC drive directly to your powerbook. Not the simplest method considering you could get an ethernet PC card ethernet adapter for less.
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What about setting up a server on Windows, dialing up w/Zterm, and transferring the files?  Would that work.  What server program do I need to do that?

I can't email it to myself, Hotmail doesn't accept attachments over 1000K.  If there were some way to get around this I would.

I know that null modem cables aren't cross platform but there are adapters which will enable a connection.  I don't want to buy these parts because I only need to transfer these files once.

Another possible solution that I don't know how to make work is to connect the modems from each computer with a phone cord.

There must be a simple way to do this, using only the tools I have.  I refuse to believe that I have to have ethernet.
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You could dial up the PC but i dont know what software the PC would use to do that. Things like z-term are programs of the past and are probably scarce. It will require 2 phone lines and a whole lot of time on yer hands.

With a null modem cable you will also need Dave or PCMacLan...Even if you do bother to get an adapter. You may still have protocol issues.

Connecting the two modems together wont work. Modems were never designed to connect directly to eachother.

Youre going to have to face the music on this one.


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Thanks for your surprisingly quick responses.  I guess the server solution is more of a Windows question.  Thanks anyway.
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Yah, but in any case...50mb over modem/zterm is going to take hours. Expect to spend 5 hours per 50 MB file over a 56k modem.

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