Connect MB to MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Patriks7, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

    Patriks7

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    So, I have a White MacBook with FW and just got a Unibody MacBook Pro and would want to transfer files from one to the other directly. Would it be possible with a FW 400 to FW 800 cable? If so, what do I do? Because simply plugging it into the two machines did nothing :p
    Thanks for help in advance :p
     
  2. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    I personally like making shared folder better (Password Protected Of course.) Makes file transfer's much easier. If not, use Dropbox.
     
  3. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    Go cloud - try Dropbox

    Another vote for Dropbox, works perfectly for my iMac and MBA.

    Here's my referral link if you want to try it out, we both get an extra 256MB:
     
  4. Ploki macrumors 68020

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    i personally transfer like this:
    i boot the computer i want to get files FROM in Target disk mode.
    i do in that manner because this way permissions arent ****ed up.
    cheers
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    umm what about ethernet cable??

    SOOO much easier...
     
  6. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    Connect the two machines with the FireWire cable, then while booting the machine you want to connect with the other, hold T, a large FireWire logo should come up on the screen and it's disk should appear on the desktop of the other machine.
     
  7. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    Yep. That's how I did it before I picked up the Sonnets Firewire 800 to 400 adapter.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Dropbox is a very poor recommendation for this purpose. The OP wants to transfer a large number of files between Macs that are in the same room. In that case, a direct Firewire or Ethernet connection would be significantly easier, faster and more secure than uploading and downloading to Dropbox, which has a 50GB limit. That's highly impractical if you want to transfer between 200, 250 or 320GB drives.
     
  9. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    Where did the OP write "a large number of files"?
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    seeing as though he hasnt replied AT ALL i dont think he is very interested :p

    nah we just need more information before we can make a better recommendation.
     
  11. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, what's with people who ask for help then don't monitor :confused:
     
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    newbies lol, sometimes i just donno :p (kidding)
     
  13. Patriks7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No, I just didn't have much time lately :p (was in a car crash yesterday and then went to a Martial Arts show that was until midnight (and it was awesome :p))
    So yeah, Dropbox is out of the question, unless it supports about 60 GB (my music) and I don't know how many GB with my photos :p I'll try the Target Disk Mode, but I think I forgot my FW cable in Vienna, so will have to wait until Sunday evening :(
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What the OP said was:
    Typically, when people get a new computer, they want to transfer all their files to the new one, not just a few. The fact that the OP said "directly" would indicate they knew what they wanted:
     

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