Considering how many ways there are to move files back and forth between Macs, it seems almost comical that anybody complained when Apple discontinued built-in floppy disk drives. Here’s a catalog of the different ways you can move your files from one computer to another, including some that might not have occurred to you.
You can shoot a file to another Mac with a single drag-and-drop operation, thanks to AirDrop (536) or another file-sharing method. You can open files from the other drives, copy stuff back and forth—anything you would do with your own disk. Step-by-step instructions are in Chapter 16.
Best for files of any size, when the computers are in the same building.
And for $0, you can create an ad hoc network, meaning a tiny wireless network between just two computers (or a handful). Great when you’re in the car somewhere, or in the airport waiting lounge, or a hotel lobby, and someone says, “Hey, can I have a copy of that?” Details are on 534.
High on convenience; computers can be in different countries.
And the built-in Mail program can cheerfully send huge file attachments to anyone, no matter what kind of computer she uses. See Mail Drop: Sending Huge Attachments for details.
Dropbox is a free service, almost universally adored, that lets you create synchronized folders on multiple computers. Add a file to, say, your New Projects folder on your home Mac, and it appears instantly in the matching folder on your ...