Moving Data between Mac and Windows/XP

I have to move a lot of data (about 500MB each time) between an Apple Mac running the latest software (OS/X Lion) over to a Windows XP machine. (Must be XP)
Instead of using "slow" USB, is there a way to "direct connect" them? They both have Ethernet (and USB 2.0). The PC does not have FireWire though.    
LVL 1
bleggeeAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHNetwork and Security consultantCommented:
Lion has a built-in ftp-server. Enable it (google is your friend) and use any ftp-client from your xp-computer to transfer the files.

Best regards
Kvistofta
0
bleggeeAuthor Commented:
Thx - And direct-connect them via Ethernet-to-Ethernet ? Or are you talking about both computers on  LAN? I have LAN's & Internet & FTP ... my question is more along the lines of which way to connect the 2 computers for best data transfer rate
0
Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHNetwork and Security consultantCommented:
Connect both computers to the same switch.

Best regards
Kvistofta
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Mac2010Commented:
> - And direct-connect them via Ethernet-to-Ethernet ?

That should work, although a connection via a network switch, even a simple 5-port unmanaged one, is more reliable and faster; as far I've used this type of set up. Just make sure the TCP/IP configuration of both machines is correct.

You can also enable Lion's built in file server for copying the files, it supports Windows clients. If you need step-by-step explanation on how to do that, please let me know.
0
jader31Commented:
You're williing to transfer a VERY SMALL amount of data. For today's standards 500MB it's so little data.
In my humble opinion you should use one of these option (the latter the better):
1) use a pendrive/thumbdrive IF THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO BE CONNECTED by wires easily
2) use a Wireless connection IF THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO BE CONNECTED by wires easily
3) connect them using a swith (100MB/FastEthernet) if possible
4) connect them using a modern switch (1GB) if available. Note most of modern Wifi Access Point have 4 1GB LAN ports.
5) coneect them using a cross over ethernet LAN cable.

if you're using any option after 3, you'll must to choose protocol to communicate from:
SAMBA / SMB
FTP
SSH / RSYNC

The protocol above get better (in effiicency!)  from SAMBA to RSYNC... but for usability is otherwise.
So to copy just 500MB, use SAMBA / SMB.
Create a share in MAC (or PC) and access using other one.
A modern Wifi AccessPoint w/Gigabit ports (choose the Cisco/Linksys ones!) will cost you US$100-150... it's well spent money. I have 2 of them. ;)
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Mac OS X

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.