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Old 11-16-2010, 07:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a feeling that my PC is dying. I am thinking (at this stage only thinking) about getting a mac and i need to get my head around some logistics of transfering files onto a mac.

For one, am i able to take a data CD or DVD containing jpegs burned on a pc(family photos) and copy them into a mac?

Same question with a data disc containing folders of mp3's.

the only things that i really value are my photos and music.

I will have potentially other questions, but that's the first issue i'd like to have figured out.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i have 2 of them, and quite enjoy using them, but i wouldn't recommend it. you can get a better pc for less than half the price, and you already know how to use it. there was a time when macs were better at graphics and things like that, but those times are long past. mac is a lifestyle product for which you pay a premium purely to have a different logo on the outside and a different os. unless you just love to use mac os, i wouldn't bother.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a PC and a Mac, and I will always like working on a PC better. But everyone is different, some people are die-hard Mac fans.

If you know someone who has one, I suggest trying it out a bit and see how you dig it.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I always have problems using Macs. I've only owned 2 and they both had problems (one with a bad screen and the other with disk issues)

and as stated, youre paying a premium for a mac with no mechanical advantage

if you like the software they offer, then ok
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i am under the impression that the hardware is better with macs. I find Pc's just don't run that well after a few years. they get laggy and then eventually hardware tends to fail. I dunno maybe macs are the same.

anyways, nobody answered the question! what help are you?!
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i am under the impression that the hardware is better with macs. I find Pc's just don't run that well after a few years. they get laggy and then eventually hardware tends to fail. I dunno maybe macs are the same.

anyways, nobody answered the question! what help are you?!
you can transfer files to a mac with a cd/dvd but not with a macbook air you have to buy an external dvd drive
update driver if needed
I think read only files are a problem when transferring
I did it with a USB

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i am under the impression that the hardware is better with macs. I find Pc's just don't run that well after a few years. they get laggy and then eventually hardware tends to fail. I dunno maybe macs are the same.

anyways, nobody answered the question! what help are you?!
The answer is yes to all your questions.....

....PC's are garbage.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, macs are jpeg compatible.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, macs are jpeg compatible.
my bigger question was wether or not if the disc being bruned on a PC would pose a problem.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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my bigger question was wether or not if the disc being bruned on a PC would pose a problem.
No it wouldn't, but I would use an external HD to do it or get a PC to mac usb data transfer cable.
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- Restrictive Softwear and even more restrictive hardware add ons (ie second HDD, or upgrading anything hardware related is impossible or very expensive
- 90% of non main stream programs for Windows not made for MAc - this is fustrating if you have a favorite burning program other then nero as an example
- Even my firend who has owned mac's only for the last 7 years just asked me yesterday to build him a windows PC, beucase, unless your just surfing the web or looking at pictures, Mac and OSX is useless.

Price - Macs are double the price of windows computers (at a minimum). Example, i just built my firned a windows PC for 2,050 tax in with no deals and this included everything (he only had a labtop before hand so we had to build from scratch)
- core i7 950
- Solid state 80gb harddrive for OS + Western digital Black 1gb for storage
- HD nvidia video card with HDMI
- 6 gigs ddr3 ram
-Asus motherboard with all the goods including SATA 3 and USB 3
- $200 HAF full tower case (best ever made!)
- powersupply 750w, dvd burner with lightscribe,
- Wireless keyboard + Mouse
- Samsung 24 inch LED monitor

To say the least, this computer is insanely sick.....now try and find a mac with half the harware this has (and a hdd bigger then 1tb.....man apple is a joke when it comes to HDDs)

PC > MAC any day of the week
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$2000+? holy. If i go the PC route i would never spend over $600.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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It really all depends on what you are going to use it for Fancy.

I do alot of video and audio work at the office here, and I would be dead without my MAC.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:32 AM   #14 (permalink)
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i am under the impression that the hardware is better with macs. I find Pc's just don't run that well after a few years. they get laggy and then eventually hardware tends to fail. I dunno maybe macs are the same.

anyways, nobody answered the question! what help are you?!
Honestly, and knock wood because I KNOW this means my computers are going to shit on me, but I've never had a problem with either of my Dells. I bought two identical computers 6 years ago - one for regular stuff like internet, photos and, aherm, porn and another for recording. The recording one has been put through the ringer and works like a charm. The, er, porn one as well. It helps to tweak whatever operating system you're using, to get rid of the needless crapola. It's amazing how much you can disable. Keep up with the defrag and stuff of that nature and you're good to go. Even the crappy, 256 megs of RAM, dinky little Dell from 2001, which is loaded with photos and music, still works well when I fire it up for a trip down memory lane.
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I use PC and everytime I have to use my sister or mothers MAC I get extremely annoyed. The used to be much better for Audio, Video design and similar stuff but I think thats pretty much over. They are still better but not much specially if you have a good audiocard in your computer.
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$2000+? holy. If i go the PC route i would never spend over $600.
Good luck trying to buy any apple computer for 600.....used..

Entry Level ImacNew 21.5 inch imac - 1299.99 CAD - Base i3 processor and 500 gig HDD hahahaha what garbage!

(note I do own a macbook black, and my sister has a 24" Imac so i know both sides very well)

Their top of the line 2,100 dollar computer has a i5 and 1tb hdd with 4gb dual channel ram...........:facepalm:

This computer will literally last this guy 10 years.......

He has been using this as his only computer since it was brand new


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Good luck trying to buy any apple computer for 600.....used..

New 21.5 inch imac - 1299.99 CAD - Base i3 processor and 500 gig HDD hahahaha what garbage!

(note I do own a macbook black, and my sister has a 24" Imac so i know both sides very well)

Their top of the line 2100 dollar computer has a I5 and 1tb hdd with 4gb ram...........:facepalm:

This computer will literally last this guy 10 years.......

He has been using this as his only computer since it was brand new


Let alone a new one? I'd take a MAC over a PC any day.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:16 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Let alone a new one? I'd take a MAC over a PC any day.
Ya, because he is looking to get a "new" computer....not a used one. 600 can build you a sweet PC, for an aple computer that gets you the box and keyboard

+ Apple desktops that are used for things like downloading movies, tvshows ect will kill the computer within 2 years... (buddys 24inch Imac crashed after 1.5 years due to downloading)

Apple does not even know what disk de-fragmentation is so enough said

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Old 11-16-2010, 12:18 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Good luck trying to buy any apple computer for 600.....used..
i know how much stuff costs. I said i wouldn't spend over $600 for a PC. The one i use now i got for like $400 some 3-4 years ago.

I don't need a compy to do much so i would never spend that much on the machine. If i go the mac route i would probably go for a laptop of some sort. You see this all plays into my debate. Cost, difference of use, carrying over files, etc.
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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this should help some

Apple - Why You?ll Love a Mac - It?s compatible with your stuff.
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