How to Connect a Mac to a PC With Firewire

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Connecting a Mac to a PC with a Firewire cord can be advantageous for a person who wants to move files from a Mac to a PC or vice versa. While there are other ways of moving files-such as using USB drives or burning discs-it can take a long time to do this if the files are large. A Firewire connection between the computers allows a user to move even large files from one computer to the next in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • PC with a Firewire port
  • Mac with a Firewire port
  • Firewire cord
  • Turn on both computers. Connect one end of the Firewire cord into the back of the PC and the other end into the Mac. Wait a few seconds for the computers to recognize the Firewire.

  • Cancel the "Found New Hardware" prompt that appears on the PC. This prompt will repeatedly come up and it should repeatedly be closed.

  • Go to the "Start" menu and then to "Control Panel." Then click on "Network Connections." Find the icon that says "1394 Connection" and right-click on it. The "Properties" option will appear. Click on it.

  • Select the "TCP/IP" button when the "IP over Firewire" selection appears. Then select the "Properties" button.

  • Choose the "Use the Following IP Address" selection when the next window appears. Enter the following into the field: "192.168.3.1" and hit "OK."

  • On the Mac, go to "System Preferences" by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left corner of the screen. After clicking "System Preferences," select "Network Settings" and then "Built-in Firewire."

  • In the IP address field, enter the same numbers you entered on the PC: "192.168.3.1", then click on the "Show All" button in the top of the window.

  • Choose "Sharing" after clicking the "Show All" window (which takes you back to "System Preferences"). In the "Sharing" screen, check "Remote Login".

  • Visit winscp.net (see Resources section) to download WINSCP. After it has downloaded, open it. When the prompt asks for the Firewire IP address, enter the same address you entered previously-"192.168.3.1"-and log in using your Mac log in information.

  • The contents of the Mac hard drive will appear and you can now copy or drag files back and forth between the computers.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're connecting a Mac to a Mac, the WinSCP program does not need to be downloaded.
  • The Firewire must be connected to the two computers in the first step. It may not work properly if the connection is made later in the process.

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