Connect MBA to iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Seppentoni, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Seppentoni macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011

    Since the last osx update my websharing on my imac doesn't work anymore. I tried everything even some symlink stuff. But nothing helps.

    Here is My problem:

    I want to connect a MBA to my imac in order to sync my projectfiles with a syncsoftware. What's the best way to do this?

    I actually don't need internetsharing I just want to sync local files.

    - Dropbox: No. Files are too big.
    - Wifi. Doesn't exist.
    - Shared internet connection. Doesn't work.
    - Via thunderbolt cable. According to some forum posts that doesn't work.
    - Lan cable? Does that work?
    - USB Cable? Does this work?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Which iMac and which MBA do you have?

    You can use a Thunderbolt cable and put one of your Macs into Target Disk Mode.

    Once the computers are connected you can either sync manually by copying files across from one to the other, or you can learn how to use rsync in the Terminal to do it automatically.

    I believe there is one odd USB cable that claims to be able to do something similar to target disk mode. Someone here linked to it recently. A normal USB cable will not be able to do this.

    You can also use an Ethernet cable to connect your two computers and create an adhoc network between them. I am old and in my days, we used crossover Ethernet cables. Some of the youngsters claim this is no longer necessary and any Ethernet cable will work, but I've not had a chance to test this.

    Thunderbolt TDM will be the simplest.
  3. Seppentoni thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    Thanks for your answer. I'll try the thunderbolt target disk mode.
  4. Major.Robto macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    To get in thunderbolt target disk mode, have both computers off then on the macbook air. hold down T when its a floating icon turn the imac on,

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