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Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
 

MAC/PC


I HAVE A PC THAT I JUST BACKED UP MY PHOTOS TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. I ALSO HAVE A MAC THAT WILL BE JUST FOR THE PHOTOS/PHOTOGRAPHY. MY QUESTION IS COULD I LOAD MY PHOTOS FROM THAT EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE INTO THE MAC WITH NO ISSUES? IF SO, IS THERE SOMETHING I WOULD NEED TO DO FIRST OR CAN I JUST LOAD THEM? I AM ALSO HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME BURNING DVD/CD'S FROM THE PC. BUT DO NOT HAVE AN ISSUE BURNING PHOTOS TO DVD'S ON MY MAC. I WANTED TO LOAD THE PHOTOS INTO THE MAC AND THEN BACK THEM UP ON DVD'S AS WELL. IF SOMEONE HAS ANY ADVICE FOR ME IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.....


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10/7/2007 8:11:09 AM

 
W.   
Yes, Lisamarie, you CAN load your photos from that external hard drive onto a Mac('s hard drive) 'with no issues', and burn your DVD's from there.

You can also release your Caps Lock key.


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10/7/2007 10:02:16 AM

 
W.    But if you run an Intel-Mac, you could run Windows and Mac operating systems side-by-side, simultaneously, on that Mac, and simply drag your photos from the Windows/PC side to the Mac side. No backing up to an external drive and then reimporting it into a Mac neccessary.

And you don't need that PC anymore.
You got one in your Mac.


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10/7/2007 10:10:40 AM

 
W.   
And as a third option if both machines are on the internet you could send the photos from the PC to the Mac, using either

http://www.yousendit.com/, free up to 100MB per file/batch/folder, or

http://www.pando.com, free up to 2GB per file/batch/folder, max. 200GB, or

http://www.podmailing.com/, free, unlimited file/batch/folder size.

No need to hassle with an external drive or physically go from the PC location to the Mac location (maybe not a prob if on the same desk, but what if they're across town?).


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10/7/2007 10:23:25 AM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Hey W.S. thanks for the information...
I appreciate it..
Lisamarie


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10/7/2007 5:12:59 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  You can also just connect the computers on a network, or with an eithernet or firewire cord, and send the photos directly, quickly, over that.

W.S. is right. There should be no issues with the mac/windows transfer of data. I have a mac and a pc on a home network and always transfer data back and forth (but then you have to set up the network, which took some time for me). It is easy to transfer data from the Mac to the PC, all I have to do is mount the PC's shared folders. And to transfer from the PC to the Mac, all I have to do is map shared folders in the Mac and then enter the password to access them.

And there are no issues using pictures between computers on dvds or external drives. I, also, have problems burning dvds on Windows, so I transfer the file to the Mac (or even just access the file over the network) to burn.

And, like W.S. said, you can have Windows running in the Mac (using software such as VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop for Mac). I actually use Picasa and Helicon Filter, both of which are Windows-only applications, by simply accessing the shared pictures folder on the Mac. I can even use Picasa (with a minor issue of selecting the folder every time) to transfer data to the Mac's picture folder. But you can use Photoshop with Bridge, or GIMP with iPhoto, all of which are Mac applications.


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10/8/2007 11:39:29 AM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Hi, Ariel,

Thanks for the help. I do have the 2 computers on a network. I also have a 3 in 1 firewire cable kit, is that what I would need? I have not opened it. Not to sound so stupid, LOL but I do not know where to go from here. What should be my first step. I am not sure if before I go ahead with anything if I should use the software as you mentioned first, then transfer the photos to the Mac. Or does it not matter??
Thanks again,
Lisamarie


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10/9/2007 10:21:13 AM

 
W.    The FreWire cable makes it even easier, Lisamarie:

switch off the Mac, connect the PC and the Mac, start up the Mac holding the Command and T keys until you see the FireWire icon on the Mac's screen. Look at your PC's desktop: the Mac is now an external harddisk to the PC. Drag your photos into the external HD that your Mac is now.

Tada!

Dismount the Mac/HD. Disconnect. Start up the Mac, and you're ready to start editing.

Have fun!


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10/9/2007 3:29:16 PM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  W.S.

You make this sound so easy!!! I like easy!!!LOL Well, I will give it a try. Thanks again
Lisamarie


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10/10/2007 5:46:31 AM

 
W.    Get Paralels and Windows XP, install 'm on your Mac, and you will never need to hassle with a PC again, Lisamarie.

Have fun!


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10/10/2007 5:54:06 AM

 
Lisamarie 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Now, with the Parellels and Windows XP in the Mac computer, will it be prone to viruses on my Mac computer?
Lisamarie


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10/10/2007 12:33:25 PM

 
W.    Only the Windows side. The Mac isn't affected.


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10/10/2007 12:42:38 PM

 
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