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How can I make Vista home premium access OS X hard drive? and the other way around? I'd like to transfer files via direct ethernet.

Plugging in an ethernet cable makes both computers recognize a network, but not the other device. Each firewall is turned off, but no luck.

Edit: I don't see Windows Sharing in the Service Column.

Edit 2: I called Apple (unbeatable support, by the way...) and the support agent walked me through it. Windows Vista was not behaving, so I booted into Windows 7. I'd love to get Vista working though...

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Regarding your edit: That article was out of date. It's called just "File Sharing" now, and then you have to hit an "Options..." button and check an "SMB (Windows)" checkbox. – Spiff Mar 26 '10 at 22:57
@Spiff - Thanks. – Moshe Mar 28 '10 at 0:21
you should check this one… – Ye Lin Aung Mar 28 '10 at 2:33
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Activate Windows File Sharing on the mac under "Sharing" in "System Preferences" and grant a user of the Mac access to connect via Windows File Sharing. The basic steps (from Apple's site) are:

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.

  2. From the View menu, choose Sharing. The Bonjour (formerly "Rendezvous") Name field will be used for the Mac OS X SMB host name. This is the name that appears in the Windows Network Neighborhood.

    For versions 10.2 and 10.2.1 only: If a DNS reverse lookup entry exists for your computer, the DNS name will be used instead of the one entered here.

  3. Check the checkbox for the "File Sharing" service (in the Service column), and then hit the "Options..." button, and then, in the sheet that slides down, check the checkbox for "SMB (Windows)".

Thanks to Spiff for the edited #3 step.

For the full reference, see:

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That article is suffering from trying to use a single description to describe a process that has changed in many small ways each step between 10.2 and 10.6. In 10.5 and 10.6, for Step 3, it should say to check the checkbox for the "File Sharing" service (in the Service column), and then hit the "Options..." button, and then, in the sheet that slides down, check the checkbox for "SMB (Windows)". – Spiff Mar 26 '10 at 22:56
@Spiff -- Good point. Thanks for mentioning that. I'll update my answer. – Josh Mar 27 '10 at 2:15

Try it with a crossover cable.

After that, you should be able to set up a "Network Drive" or FTP server which will do the trick.

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what is a crossover cable? RJ-45? – Moshe Mar 26 '10 at 21:19
As a longtime networking guy and longtime Mac user, it's strange to realize this, but many of my fellow Mac users don't know what crossover cables are anymore, because all Macs since the Titanium PowerBook G4 in early 2001 have had auto-crossover (a.k.a. auto MDI-X) PHYs. – Spiff Mar 26 '10 at 22:53
@Spiff - Lol, I've "been a PC" for over 15 years. This is my first Mac. I'm a tech-hobbyist and I've heard the term. Networking is not my favorite area though... Thanks again. – Moshe Mar 28 '10 at 0:25

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