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Old 11-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #29
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Thanks for the info. I may consider Knoppix if my plan does not work out.

I am going to have access next week to a Mac desktop and I plan to wirelessly network my macs hard drive to my new pc by connecting the mac hard drive to a SATA/USB cable to the desktop unit. I believe I can boot up my macbook hard drive by holding down the E key on the DT unit during start up. Otherwise I will need to access the hard drive files via desktop icon.

I have been able to share files in the past between my macbook and DW's pc on my RV wifi network, so am fairly confident I can make this work on the desktops wifi network.

Most of the files I want to transfer are photos, docs, itunes library and bookmarks. There should only be a small number of files I will need to look at manually to be able to see them on the mac desktop.

Wish me luck!
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Traditionally, with pure Linux OSes, you could simply swap a linux hard drive into a system for a Windows drive and boot it, and the OS would simply do its normaly hardware scan and change it as needed.

I do not know if the OSX Lion OS has this ability, or if Apple locked it in to a very limited hardware spectrum.

Another OS option is CentOS 5.7 or 6. Fairly easy to install, fairly good at reading hard drive formats, plus USB thumb drives act the same as in Windows. Boot up Cent, copy files to thumb drive from mac drive, and then transfer to your new PC.
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Ah! I'm glad that I store my photos (and library), docs, and iTunes library on an external hard drive, plus back up to "Time Machine." The bookmarks are synced between computers, as are calendars, and other items. Email remains on the server for 30 days so that which ever computer I am using it all comes into the email client on that computer.

It just sucks when one looses information. I just have a lot of redundancy.

John, I do wish you luck. Been there done that in the past.
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I actually do have back up disks for the mac, but windows won't read them. This I knew would be an issue when I decided to buy a cheap windows laptop.
Oh well, I have nothing but time theses days anyway.
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