How to Transfer Files From Mac to Mac Using Usb Cable

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Transferring files from one Mac to another can be a breeze with the help of a USB cable. Whether you want to transfer important documents, media files, or even entire folders, this method ensures a quick and reliable transfer. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of transferring files from Mac to Mac using a USB cable.

Gather Your Materials

Before we get started, make sure you have the following:

  • A USB cable that is compatible with both your Mac computers.
  • Both Mac computers should be turned on and unlocked.

Step 1: Connect the USB Cable

The first step is to connect the USB cable to both Mac computers. Locate the USB ports on each computer and plug in one end of the cable into each port. Once connected, you may hear a sound or see a notification indicating that the devices are connected.

Step 2: Select and Prepare Files for Transfer

Next, you need to select and prepare the files or folders you want to transfer. This can be easily done by organizing them into a single folder on your source Mac computer.

  • Create a New Folder: To create a new folder, simply right-click on your desktop or inside any existing folder. From the context menu, select “New Folder”.

    Give it a descriptive name that reflects its contents.

  • Add Files/Folders to New Folder: Locate the files or folders you want to transfer and drag them into the newly created folder. You can also copy and paste them if that’s more convenient for you.
  • Verify File Compatibility: Before proceeding further, ensure that the files you want to transfer are compatible with the destination Mac. Some files may require specific software or applications to be opened on the receiving computer.

Step 3: Open Finder

On your source Mac, open the Finder application. You can do this by clicking on the blue and white face icon located on your Dock.

Step 4: Locate and Select Your USB Drive

In the left sidebar of the Finder window, you should see a list of devices and locations. Look for your USB drive under the “Locations” section. It is usually displayed with a name or label.

Note: If you do not see your USB drive listed, make sure it is properly connected and try restarting your Mac computers.

Step 5: Copy Files to USB Drive

With your USB drive selected in Finder, navigate to the folder containing the files you want to transfer. Select these files by either clicking and dragging a selection box around them or holding down the Command key while clicking on individual files.

To select multiple files:

  1. Select Multiple Contiguous Files: Click on the first file, hold down the Shift key, and click on the last file in sequence.
  2. Select Multiple Non-Contiguous Files: Hold down the Command key and click on each file you want to select individually.

Note: If you want to transfer an entire folder, simply right-click on it and select “Copy”. Skip Step 6 and proceed directly to Step 7.

Step 6: Copy Files to USB Drive

Once you have selected the desired files, right-click on any one of them and choose “Copy”. Alternatively, you can press Command + C on your keyboard.

Step 7: Paste Files into USB Drive

Now, navigate to your USB drive in the Finder window. Right-click inside the USB drive’s folder and select “Paste”. Alternatively, you can press Command + V on your keyboard.

Note: The transfer process may take a few minutes depending on the size and number of files being copied. Do not disconnect the USB cable until the transfer is complete.

Step 8: Safely Eject the USB Drive

Once all files have been transferred successfully, it is important to eject the USB drive properly. To do this, simply right-click on the USB drive’s icon in Finder and select “Eject” from the context menu. Wait for a notification confirming that it is safe to remove the USB cable.

In Conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully transferred files from one Mac to another using a USB cable.

This method provides a convenient way to share files between Mac computers quickly and efficiently. Remember to always safely eject your USB drive before disconnecting it to avoid data corruption or loss.

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