Firewire File Transfer?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by swwack91, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    If I take a MBP and directly connect it to a Windows XP machine with a Firewire cable can I "drag and drop" and transfer files b/w the 2 computers?

    How will the Windows machine come up? Will it mount as a drive in the Finder?

    Thanks for any help...
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Nope. The Windoze machine wil not come up on your macbook. The only feasible way to do this is to have a Mac in Disk Target mode. Then Windows wouldn't be able to see the Mac anyway. Sorry- you might be able to do it with MacDrive, and then Target Mode.

    Edit: Sorry MacDrive link:
  3. swwack91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    But I can share files over a network right?

    I've seen How-To's about that all over the place.'ll just be slower than a theoretical firewire connection
  4. thegrifman macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
  5. scottij macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2007
    Ann Arbor, MI
    It works

    I just did this yesterday.

    It's pretty easy -- just share whatever disk volume you want to copy from on your Windows box, connect the firewire cable to both machines, and you can browse to your Windows box in the Finder. Just click on "Network" and look for your machine.

    If both machines are also on another network (like a home wireless network) you'll have to disable filesharing over the other network connection on your windows box to make sure you're actually transferring over firewire.

    That said, once I got it connected, I was only getting around 100 Mbps, so it may not be that much better than direct ethernet.
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I too did this a while ago and found that IP over firewire was marginally faster than traditional networking (100baseT)

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