Before the upgrade, I could pull files from the other laptop on to mine with apple file sharing. Now I can't see any machines in the network view. How can I pull files from the Snow Leopard laptop onto my Mountain Lion laptop? Steps I've taken:

  1. Files were put into the snow leopard's shared folder
  2. On the mountain lion laptop, opened Finder and looked in Network. There are no computers listed.
  • I tried the afp idea and I can connect from MacBookPro (10.8) to iMac (10.6). When I try to drag a file over, it asks for password (of the MBP account, not the iMac) and then says file exists: overwrite, keep both copies... If I say overwrite, it creates a zero MB file. Never before did it ask for my home password. Oh- if I click "keep both" then it goes into a loop creating many many zero size files.
    – user75826
    Apr 15, 2014 at 20:48

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Some troubleshooting steps to take:

  1. Open the Sharing Preferences on the Snow Leopard Mac, and make sure that File Sharing is checked. Then click Options…* and make sure Share Files and Folders using AFP is checked.
  2. On the Mountain Lion Mac, open Finder and click Go → Connect to Server… (or press ⌘K). In the server address box, enter afp:// followed by the IP address of the Snow Leopard Mac, then click Connect.
    • If you don't know the IP, you can find it by using Network Utility on the Snow Leopard Mac.
  3. If that still doesn't work, open Terminal on the Mountain Lion Mac, and enter ping followed by a space and the IP of the Snow Leopard Mac.

    • If successful, you should see output like this:

      64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.249 ms
      64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.207 ms

      In which case, there's something wrong with the file sharing set up.

    • If it's not successful, you'll likely get Request timeout errors, and it's a network issue.

Try those steps and post the results, and I'll update my answer with some more suggestions.

  • Ok, using afp://<ip address> worked. Thank you! Shouldn't they have just been able to find each other via the magic of bonjour/magic/rounded corners? Oct 28, 2012 at 19:22
  • Yes, emphasis on should. Bonjour gets wonky sometimes, although in my experience it usually resolves itself. You could try restarting the Bonjour service, or use this Bonjour Browser to see if the service is showing up at all.
    – robmathers
    Oct 28, 2012 at 19:34

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