Apple has announced its all-new MacBook Pro for 2016 with a whole new raft of features such as Touch ID, the Touch Bar, an improved processor and better RAM, all of which could be tempting Windows users to stray. So if you’ve got an old creaking Windows PC, and you like the sound of what Apple is offering, we’re going to tell you how to transfer your data from Windows to a Mac.
For too long it was difficult for the not-so-tech-savvy to switch from a Mac to Windows or Windows to Mac. However, those days are now gone, and modern software allows you to do it in a few easy steps. So whether you’ve already decided to make the switch or you remain undecided, this tutorial is perfect for you. It will either get your data moved over or help you decide if the leap to a Mac is something you want to do.
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However, before you start, here are some steps you need to take to make the migration go smoothly. Before you begin, it’s important to note that you will need to have some patience during this process.
Important pre-migration steps
The following steps will aid you in your data transfer.
- Make sure that you have the up-to-date Windows version. The MacBook Pro’s Migration Assistant will work with Windows XP and later.
- You need to know the name and password of the administrator account on your Windows computer.
- You can connect the MacBook Pro to the Windows PC via an Ethernet cable or by Wi-Fi. To connect via Wi-Fi, both devices need to be connected to your home network.
- Last on the list is to make sure that your Windows drive does not have a problem. You can do this using the check disk chkdsk utility on the PC.
To use the chkdsk utility, follow the instructions below.
- Go to Start –> Run.
- Next, in the Run Window, type CMD and then hit Enter.
- In the command Window, type chkdsk and hit Enter.
- If you find that chkdsk has discovered a problem, type chkdsk drive: /F. The “F” should be replaced by the letter that corresponds to your drive. Once you have done this, press Enter.
- When you see the prompt, press the Y Key and restart the computer.
- When the computer restarts, repeat the above process until no error is reported.
If you are unable to repeat the process without seeing an error, you should have your PC serviced before transferring data to the MacBook Pro. However, if you’ve managed to follow the above instructions and are ready to move your data, follow the below instructions.
How to transfer data to the MacBook Pro
The following assumes you have connected your MacBook Pro and PC by Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.
- Open a Finder Window on your MacBook Pro.
- Look for Applications; you’ll find it in the sidebar. Once you have found it, look for the Utilities folder and double-click on it.
- Within the Utilities folder, you will find the Migration Assistant; click continue to move forward.
- You will now be prompted to choose a username and password.
- Next, you will begin the process of setting up your MacBook Pro. At some point, you will be asked if you want to transfer data. Chose the PC Option and hit continue.
- The next step is to download and install the Migration Assistant on your Windows PC. Once you have done this, run it, and it will try to connect to your MacBook Pro.
Once a connection is made, you will be prompted for a security code; make sure you use the same code on the Mac and PC.
Now you are ready to send your files to the Mac. You will be asked to select which files and folders to transfer. When you have done this, click Continue.
And that’s it; you now know how to transfer data from a Windows computer to your MacBook Pro. Let us know how you got on or if you know of another solution for transferring data.