Can I can transfer files from Ethernet to Thunderbolt WITHOUT migration assistant?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by circa7, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. circa7 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    I need to transfer files to my new retina macbook, but I also need to work today so I cannot have my computer inoperable until the migration is complete. I cannot turn on target disk mode with ethernet/thunderbolt. Do I have any other options or am I screwed?
  2. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    You can do it all over Ethernet but you'll need a TB -> Ethernet adapter to give your rMBP a 1GbE NIC.

    The other option is to use Time Machine to back up your old Mac to an external disk, then connect that disk to your rMBP and have Migration Assistant restore/import from the Time Machine backup.
  3. circa7 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    I have the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter... I connected both computers but I dont know how to go about transferring files without Migration Assistant.
  4. iphonehype macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Just throw the stuff in your Public folder and file share it. Done.
  5. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Connect both computers to your router via ethernet.
    Turn on file sharing on the old computer.
    Check the IP address in the Network System Prefs

    On the new Mac, use the Finder's Go menu - Connect to server
    enter the IP address of the old Mac (usually or something similar)

    That should mount the old Mac's icon on your desktop, copy away.

    If you have a USB thumb drive or external HD, you can use that too.

Share This Page