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I'm currently AirDroppping 3 very large files and I need to know if the files will continue to transfer while I'm not using one of the computers.

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It should work as long as you have Wake for network access enabled in
System Preferences → Energy Saver → Battery/Power Adapter.

Depending on the capabilities of your Mac, the option's description may differ:

  • Wake for network access - Your Mac supports Wake on Demand over both Ethernet and AirPort
  • Wake for Ethernet network access - Your Mac supports Wake on Demand over Ethernet only
  • Wake for AirPort network access - Your Mac supports Wake on Demand over AirPort only

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The option "wake for Ethernet network access" is mentioned only to round up the answer. Wake on demand for ethernet will not help if your Macs communicate using Wi-Fi.

However, you can enable AirDrop to communicate using Ethernet as well as explained here. This will also enable AirDrop on so-called unsupported Macs.

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No, AirDrop requires a user to be logged in, which obviously means booted.

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  • Okay...but what about asleep. The OP did mention asleep as well...
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 24, 2012 at 16:48

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