New Mac users forum: Step aside PC, I'm switching to a Mac! But wait, how do I move my stuff?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) May 27, 2011 11:42 AM PDT

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Step aside PC, I'm switching to a Mac! But wait, how do I move my stuff?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 5/27/11 11:42 AM

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Step aside PC, I'm switching to a Mac! But wait, how do I move my stuff?


I am switching from a Windows PC to a Mac computer very soon, but before I do any of that, I have some questions. First off, is there an easy way to transfer all my information from the PC to the Mac? I have a lot of files that include office documents, photos, music, and video files, and other miscellaneous data. Will I run into compatibility issues once they are transferred? What things should I be aware of--any particular dos or don'ts in this process? I'm completely green to the Mac world and any advice, recommendations, or tips on how to make this transition to the new system as painless as possible would be greatly appreciated.

--Submitted by: Bernie B.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Switching to Mac --Submitted by: mrmacfixit
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-21575_102-5139058.html

Here's an idea --Submitted by: timhood
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-21575_102-5139211.html

It in not always that easy to switch from PC to Mac --Submitted by: waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-21575_102-5142628.html

External Drive to Time Machine --Submitted by: presleydotcom
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-21575_102-5139342.html

Transferring data is small part of the job.--Submitted by: Practical-Mac
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-21575_102-5140902.html

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