Transferring 58gb from MBP to MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tenashus1, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2011
    Yikes, forgot there was no firewire on MBA. How best to transfer? Wireless transfer could take years. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    MBP -> external drive -> MBA
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2011
    So I can do it through my back up drive via usb. Thanks.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    Copying it to an external and then copying it to the MacBook Air would be easiest.

    But I suppose if you have enough patience you could let it copy over wi-fi overnight.
  5. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Yes, and it won't take years, only months... :cool:
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Yeah Wifi is all bad. The externals are the best bet.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    If both macs have Thunderbolt and you have one of the cables. You could really speed things along.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I restored from a backup USB external drive, about ~105GB or so. Took like an hour I think? Maybe 2? Not overbearingly long though.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2009
    It's not really a problem doing it over WiFi either, if it's a one-time thing. I usually copy stuff from my iMac to the Air, both are connected to WiFi, and I get transfer rates of about 8Mb/s. That means 2 minutes per Gb, so about 30Gb in an hour, so about 2 hours for your copy. Not lightning fast, but it works :). Just start a copy and use the Air for other stuff, you don't even notice any slowdown when doing other stuff at the same time.. Or, start it before going to bed / going out to lunch and it's done before you're back at the computer again.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    actually.... using ethernet is the fastest way.... but I don't know how true that is with the usb-ethernet converter (or if you even own it)

    jsut connect an ethernet cable between your two macs,
    make sure both computers have file sharing enabled
    open a finder window on the MBA and click on your MBP (it will be under tha shared tab)
    Sign in with your logon credentials for the MBP, navigate to the files, and simply drag them from the MBP to anywher on your MBA this is by far the FASTEST way to do it (faster than firewire... probably not more so than thunderbolt lol)

    the best thing about this switch is it happens real time, whereas a usb would be a transfer, then another transfer. USB drives are also far slower than internal hard drives, so I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend ethernet. I did 40 gigs in under 20 mins

    I also find it helps to turn off the airport on one of the computers, when its on sometimes it still uses the airport to transfer rather than directly over ethernet, when the airport is off, it has no choice but to use ehternet
  11. macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    Wireless takes around 2 hours, use that?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011

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