How do PCs interface with a MAC

philsimmons
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I just bought my first Macintosh computer for my Apple-Savvy employees (I'm a  hard core PC guy).  The Airbook only seems to have ports for the Thunderbolt.  I regularly transfer files from computer to computer using USB flash drives.  What is the best way to have my PCs talk to my MAC?

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Phil
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David FavorFractional CTO
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Commented:
Transferring files can be done in a variety of easy ways.

1) Samba share

2) SFTP

3) rsync
IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
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Network share. Or you need to buy for Mac machine a thunderbolt to USB converter like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Kanex-Thunderbolt-eSATA-plus-Adapter/dp/B00LOLBBQQ
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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You can continue to use USB thumbsticks if they are formatted FAT 32.
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Thank you.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2016

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This is the one I bought recently: https://www.startech.com/Cables/usb-c/usb-3-0-c-a-adapter-cable~USB31CAADP

@noxcho - the device you're linking to is not the right one I think (and more expensive btw).

+1 Martin Nguyen for the FAT32 format
You can read ntfs from a Mac.  There's a "hack" setting that you need to enable to make it work.  You can also buy NTFS for OS X by Paragon.  There's also free software.  If you buy Seagate external disks, you can get a free NTFS for OS X just for Seagate disks.
noxchoIT Product Manager
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@Gerwin, according to the description it is a Thunderbolt (Which the author refers to) to USB/eSATA device. And moreover I wrote "LIKE" which means it is an example. Sure one can go to local shop (Apple or any other) and ask for a similar device and compare the prices.
But you are right, Macbook Air should have USB-C interface and not thunderbolt. And a simple USB-C to USB3.0 would help.
With a combination of NTFS for MacOSX driver from Paragon an excellent solution. No need to think about FAT or NTFS format.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
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@noxcho - I was just sharing the device I used myself - tested with a MacBook pro (not mine btw) and an Android device - it just works ;)
noxchoIT Product Manager
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No problem, I just thought about Apple Macbook Air. An Air Machine (current version) having thunderbolt1 or 2 interface sounds unreal. USB-C is the interface it has if I am not mistaken. And thunderbolt was till version 2017.
That USB-C connector on a Mac is a Thunderbolt 3 connector.  It can do both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.  You do have to get a Thunderbolt 3 cable to support Thunderbolt.  On Windows PCs, not all USB-C connectors support the faster Thunderbolt 3.  If you don't see a Thunderbolt symbol, it's only the slower USB-C.

Really all that is moot.

If it's a really small company with fewer than 5 people, then USB sticks would be fine.  If it's a small to medium sized company, the best way is to have a Synology NAS with SMB shares, or over the network to one machine that's acting as a file server.  That's if you don't trust your data to the cloud.  You can also use Dropbox, Sharepoint, Box, Google Drive etc... to share files.  There are many ways to share data that are not limited to flash drives.

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