How to transfer files between PC, Mac and Android
In this article I’ll explain transfer file between PC, Mac
and Android, here you're looking for a simple hardware solution that you can
There are several ways to transfer files between PC, Mac and
phone, including cloud services such as Dropbox, USB flash drives and external
hard drives, but if you're looking for a simple hardware solution that you can
plug in and forget about it then we like this Inateck HB4009 USB 3.0 hub.
Here's how to transfer files between Windows, OS X and Android.
In its simplest form the Inateck is a three-port USB 3.0 hub
that you can plug into a PC or Mac and gain a couple of extra USB ports. But
the HB4009 also has a 'Magic port', which allows you to transfer files between
Windows, OS X and Android at USB 2.0 speed, share clipboards between PCs, and
with KVM support even share a mouse between computers.
Transfer files between PC and Mac:
Plug the USB hub into a spare USB hub on a Windows PC. We're
using a Windows 7 laptop, but the Inateck hub also supports Windows 8. AutoPlay
will pop up asking what you want to do with the device, so click on Run
SKLoader.exe. Also select 'Always do this for software and games' so that you
won't have to go through this step each time you use the Inateck. You now have
a three-port USB hub attached to your Windows PC that you can use as you would
any other USB ports on the laptop.
To now connect the Windows PC to a Mac, take the USB-USB
cable included in the box and attach one end to a spare USB port on your Mac
and the other to the Magic Port at the end of the Inateck.
On the Mac desktop will pop up an untitled drive and a CD
icon called 'MacKMLink'. Double-click the CD icon and choose MacKMLink. Now
you're ready to go.
With KVM support we found we could use either the mouse
attached to our Mac or the trackpad on the laptop to control either PC. Simply
drag your mouse cursor off the edge of the screen and on to the desktop of the
other PC. (If you have any problem getting this to work, hit Alt-S to move the
cursor to the other screen.)
Mac and PC now share a clipboard. If I copy this sentence on
the Mac, I can open a new document on the PC and hit Paste
You can copy-and-paste files between PCs in the same manner,
or you can simply drag-and-drop them between desktops. This will copy the file
rather than moving it from the first machine.
Alternatively, use Go! Bridge. Tap on the MacKMLink icon in
the taskbar and select Go! Bridge. This will open a file browser Window that
shows your attached device, just as if it were a drive connected to your PC.
You can now drag-and-drop files between folders on Windows and Mac.
Transfer files between Mac and PC:
Having followed the above steps to set up MacKMLink between
Windows and Mac, it doesn't matter whether Mac or PC is your host device. If
you use the Mac as the host then you can, as before, tap Alt-S to move your
cursor on to the PC screen, and you can share clipboards and copy-and-paste or
drag-and-drop files. If you want to use Go! Bridge you'll have to access it
from the Windows PC's taskbar icon, however.
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