How to Share Files Between Mac and Windows PC
sharing files between Mac and PC with Windows OS are things you can do easily, if yor work environment at home or at office, there are computer users with the Windows operating system and you own a Mac, then you can share files by using the feature which has been included by both the operating system, you just simply change a few settings that allow Mac and PC with windows OS to share a files, Taking advantage of the sharing files features on both Mac and PC with Windows OS, will increase productivity and efficiency, you will not need a flash drive or CD / DVD to move or copy files between two computers with different operating systems on your work environment. you are not only can sharing files between Mac and PC with windows OS but also with a PC that using Linux operating system and even with other Mac users.
To share files Between Mac and PC that connected via wireless LAN or fixed LAN, you must be enable a sharing files feature, To enable file sharing features on Mac OS X maybe you should read the previous post about How to enable mac file sharing. But to be able to share files with PC that using windows operating systems you have to make additional settings, to share files between Mac and PC, please follow these steps.
Setting on Mac ( 10.7 Lion )
- Open Sharing preferences
- Log in with an administrator user account. To enable and configure file sharing you need to know the name and password of an administrator account on your Mac.
- From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
- From the View menu, choose Sharing.
- From the Service list, select File Sharing.
- Select folders to share by clicking the Add (+) button and Find the folder you want to share. To select multiple folders, press and hold the Shift key while selecting folders with the mouse.
- Click ‘OPTION’ button on the Sharing window to activate the Server Message Block (SMB).
- Enable the SMB by check box ‘share files and folders using SMB (Windows)’ and select the account to be used for sharing files.
- After finished, click done
You could be setting up permissions accounts for each folder that you shared, such as Read & Write, Read Only and Write Only (Drop Box). You can also add a user account and groups by clicking the Add with (+) button below the users list to add a user account access permissions. On Mac OS X 10.7 Lion you can only share files using the Apple Filing Potocol (AFP) and Server Message Block (SMB), AFP is used as a protocol for sharing files with other Mac users, while the SMB protocol is used for sharing files with PC users with windows or Linux system operation.
Setting on PC ( Microsoft windows XP )
- Click Start, and then click My Computer on the desktop.
- On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
- Click the View tab, and then select the Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended) check box to turn on Simple File Sharing. (Clear this check box to turn off this feature.)
- Select the folder that you are going to share with Mac
- Right-click the folder, and then click Sharing and Security.
- Click to select the Share this folder on the network check box,
- check box or clear the ‘ Allow network users to change my files ‘, and then click OK.
By selecting check box ‘Allow network users to change my files’, means you are Permitting any account of your local area network to change the folder that you share on your PC.
After all the above steps completed, you are ready to share files between Mac and PC with Windows XP operating system. To access a Mac folder sharing on Windows XP, you just click start and then click My Network Place and will appear window that contains the shared folder on the Mac and Windows XP. If you first to access a Mac folder sharing on Windows XP, then you need to authenticate your account by entering your username and password that have you specify as in step 8 on the setting of file sharing on mac os x.