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The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: May 20, 2009 09:54AM
Any one know the steps needed to set up two (or more) Macs so that they can access each other's User accounts from an alias on the Desktop.

I often visit a couple friends with my MacBook, and during my 1 or 2 day stay, we have to share files and access each other's User accounts. I've never known the exact way to do this, and end up stumbling around for 30 minutes each time. Worse, I'm never sure if I'm opening up too many permissions and making the computers vulnerable.

One of those basic Mac skills, just never learned it.



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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 20, 2009 09:58AM
System preferences > Internet & Network > sharing
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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 20, 2009 10:11AM
"Worse, I'm never sure if I'm opening up too many permissions and making the computers vulnerable."

You're not... unless the account you're connecting to is set to have NO password...


Turn on "Personal File Sharing" in the Sharing Preference pane.

Now from one machine, go to the "Go" menu, "Connect To Server"...
Enter the IP address of the machine you want to connect to.
Enter the usename and password of the account you are connecting to, and click "connect". Select the volume you want to mount (typically, the user folder rather than the hard drive).

That's it.
Make an alias of the mounted volume to cut down the steps in the future.



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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 20, 2009 10:29AM
Sadly, a USB2 flash drive and sneakernet is still tons faster than most network connections, unless your'e on 802.11n and/or gigabit ethernet. But to do it electronically- what they said above.
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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: Buck
Date: May 20, 2009 10:38AM
Agreed! USB thumb drive is the easiest.
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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 20, 2009 10:42AM
Disagree...

File sharing is EASIER.
May not be FASTER, but it is EASIER once set up ONE TIME.
No plugging, unplugging, or losing the USB drive.



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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: TheToddler
Date: May 20, 2009 10:52AM
USB drive? Why not use a floppy ... file sharing is the way to go
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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: clay
Date: May 20, 2009 11:05AM
You could always use Dropbox: [www.getdropbox.com]

Basically, it takes whatever is in the specified dropbox folder, and syncs it to the web. Can be easily shared with other dropbox users, or anyone on the internet. 2gb account is free, bigger accounts available for pay. Probably not as quick as file sharing, but dead simple and no new software to learn.

Check out the screencast: [www.getdropbox.com]
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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: edgarbc1
Date: May 20, 2009 01:20PM
#1 - USB stick

#2 - easy electronic way - email

#3 - setup with File Sharing as described above
however I have had instances where it takes forever
to login to a different computer
(when i do not want to be a guest)
also you should only allow accounts which you are familiar
with to access. Neighbors also can own macs and see
your computers
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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: Doc
Date: May 20, 2009 02:55PM
Are you really just asking how to save the Network settings for your friend's network?

Use the Location menu in the Network pref's to "Edit Locations" and make a new network setting for your friend's network. Configure the network settings as appropriate and click "Apply" when done.

Later, you can switch between the new Location setting and the network settings that you use at home by selecting the appropriate Location from the Apple menu.
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Huh?
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 20, 2009 03:41PM
Maybe I already set this up in preferences and just don't remember it, but at home, as soon as I open my MacBook, it joins our wireless network, and my wife's computer appears in any finder sidebar. I click on that, and I have access to her "public" folder. I can copy anything in there to my 'Book, and I can push any files on my computer into her "drop box". And I think she can do the same with me.

Pretty simple and quick.
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Re: Huh?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: May 20, 2009 10:27PM
Thanks, all. Paul F's list of steps worked for us.

I wasn't clear enough: we needed to share a folder on one of the Macs, and have it accessible to all 3 (sometimes 4 Macs). This is why emailing, USB stick, iChat, etc wouldn't be effective. We just needed the steps required to completely share a folder, day in and day out.



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Re: The easiest way to share files between two Macs
Posted by: fauch
Date: May 21, 2009 03:27AM
Leopard makes it a snap, the shares will show up in the sidebar of every finder window. You just have to choose what is shared and who gets access....
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