Upgrading from a PC to a Mac is almost as easy as upgrading from a PC to a new PC. The challenge is the same: moving your files from your old computer to your new computer. This step-by-step guide will help make switching as easy as possible. Well tell you where to find your data files and preferences on the PC and where to put them on your new Mac. You can leave Web browsers open on both your PC and Mac so you can follow these directions. Or, you might want to print this list to help you along the way.
1. Getting Started
This guide assumes that you have a PC running Windows 95 or later with a drive that can burn CDs*. If you have an external USB or FireWire hard disk, that will work, too. The following instructions assume that youre making a CD translate as necessary if youre using a hard disk or another form of storage.
youve never burned a CD on your PC, this is a good time to review
the instructions that came with the PC. If you need CD-burning software
for your PC, you might want to look at software such as Toast 5 Titanium
Each CD is capable of recording about 650MB of data, which is a lot of word processing files. But if youre a graphic artist with many large files or if you have a big collection of MP3 files for your music, get some extra CDs or use a larger-capacity USB or FireWire hard disk.
2. Create a CD to hold your files
To make the switch easy, were going to put all the files we want to move onto a CD. On that CD, well create folders to hold the different categories of files we want to move.
The following steps will assist you in creating that CD and putting your files in the right folders.
Follow the instructions provided with your CD creation software to prepare a blank CD. If you format the blank disc you plan to use with Roxios Direct CD, you will be able to create folders just as you would on your hard drive. If you uses Roxios Easy CD Creator or other CD burning software, you will be asked to organise your folders and files before burning them onto the disc.
Name the disc you are creating Switch to make it easy to identify. When youve prepared your CD to accept files, create the following folders on the CD:
Email Address Book
Copy the files to the CD
Youll copy your files from your PC to these folders on the Switch CD, burn the CD and then move them from the CD to your Mac. You still have back-ups of your files on the PC, since the CD contains copies of these files.
Each of the following links tells you how to move the files in that category. If you only want to move, say, Office Documents, thats the only link you need to click. If you want to move files in more than one category, click the first category you need. That page will let you go to the next page you need, and so on. When youre done, well see you back here.
When youre finished moving the files to the CD, burn the CD and then eject the Switch disc from your PC.
Insert the Switch CD into your Mac. When the Switch disc appears, open it and behold the folders you created.
Pat yourself on the back.
This might sound familiar. Each of the following links tells you how to move the files in that category. If you havent already done so, open this page on your Mac and click the first category you need. That page will let you go to the next page you want, and so on.
Congratulations youre finished.
Now that youve got everything in place, relax and explore your new Mac. Take it for a spin on the Internet. Enjoy some music with iTunes. Burn a CD for your car. Have a good time discovering what your new computer can do.
* Some PCs can burn DVD, also an ideal medium to use when switching.
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