Fastest method to transfer data from old MBP?

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  1. davehutch, Jun 11, 2015
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    davehutch macrumors 6502a

    davehutch

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    I'm shortly going to need to transfer my data from an early 2009 MBP (Ethernet, FW800 and USB2) to a new MBP (USB3, TB)
    Am I right in thinking the best method would be to get hold of a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor?

    Oh yes, I also have a Time Machine backup on a USB3 drive. Would that be faster?
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Just use the TM backup, why spend extra $$$, the time taken/saved won't be massive.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    USB 3 is way faster than firewire, remember the slowest port speed dictates the speed of the transfer. Thunderbolt 2 may be 4 times as fast as USB 3 but the firewire will limit it to over ten times slower.
     
  4. davehutch thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great. I guess I will need to remove all of the TM exceptions, do a full back up and THEN transfer?
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    If you want to keep everything then yes.
     

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