How to migrate from Apple Mac to Microsoft Surface device

Using a Mac has its own benefits, but switching to a Surface device lets you stay connected with all other Windows devices. Microsoft is steadily bringing all its ecosystems together to form a seamless experience. In this post we will see how to transfer all your files, documents & data from a Mac to your Surface device, manually or by using Mac to Surface Assistant Tool from Microsoft.

Migrate from Mac to Surface

For the process, you need to have an external hard drive that is compatible with both Mac and Windows, preferably one with more storage than the used storage on your Mac device.

Migrate from Mac to Surface

Steps to export photos from the Mac to your external hard drive:

  • Connect your hard drive to a USB drive on your Mac.
  • Open Photos and click on Edit and Select All in the top menu.
  • Now click on File and select the Export option.
  • Set “Subfolder Format” to “Moment Name.” and click on Export.
  • In the left pane, choose your hard drive from the list of Devices and click Export.
  • Once the transfer is done, eject the hard drive safely by right-clicking the hard drive and selecting Eject.

Steps to import photos to the Surface device:

  • Connect your hard drive to a USB drive on your Surface.
  • The folder of the drive will open up automatically. Click Ctrl+A to select all files.
  • Now click Ctrl+C to copy the files and open the target drive on your Surface device.
  • Click Ctrl+V and the process of pasting all Photos from the drive will begin.
  • Safely eject the external hard drive from the device.

Steps to export other documents, downloads, music from Mac to external hard drive:

  • Connect your hard drive to a USB drive on your Mac.
  • Open the ‘Home’  and use Ctrl+A to select all or select the specific files you want to transfer.
  • Now click Ctrl+C to copy the files and open the hard drive on your Mac.
  • Click Ctrl+V and the process of pasting all files from the drive will begin.
  • Once the transfer is done, eject the hard drive safely by right-clicking the hard drive and selecting Eject.

Steps to copy these files to the Surface device:

  • Connect your hard drive to a USB drive on your Surface.
  • The folder of the drive will open up automatically. Click Ctrl+A to select all files.
  • Now click Ctrl+C to copy the files and open the target drive on your Surface device.
  • Click Ctrl+V and the process of pasting all files from the drive will begin.
  • Safely eject the external hard drive from the device.

If you need more details, visit Microsoft.com.

Mac to Surface Assistant Tool

Microsoft has also announced a genius software that will help it get more conversions from the Mac bandwagon. This Mac to Surface Assistant Tool from Microsoft lets users easily switch from their Apple Mac devices to Microsoft Surface tablet or laptop. It is a new tool that helps facilitate the smooth migration of files from Apple computers to Microsoft’s very own Surface devices. The Assistant Tool lets you transfer files, documents, photos, music and others.

The Assistant Tool lets you transfer files, documents, photos, music and other things stored on your Mac’s storage onto the Surface. Once you provide access to your preferred drive of storage and agreed to the terms of the agreement, it is believed to offer a seamless transition without the need of using any stock software from either brand. When you download this software, the tool will assist you through the entire process entailing the details of transferring all relevant files to another device in the form of a zip file.

It’s very easy to use, the user has to just check some folders (Documents, Photos, Downloads), then select the drive to which they will be backed up, and you are done.

In the era of cloud computing, Microsoft understands that everything is not stored on your physical hard disk. So, the company recommends accessing those cloud-stored files through apps that are compatible with Microsoft Surface devices. While this kind of tool might not be unique to the gadget world, where every tech giant is fighting it out to get better customer retention, this tool offers a fresh change for Mac OS users who are wanting to shift to Windows 10, and later the upcoming Anniversary Edition.

This post offers some more tips on switching from Mac to Windows PC.

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A constant learner of gadgets, Ankit has been writing about technology and the internet, in general, for the past three years, and has written for several well-known media outlets.