firewire networking

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by willie45, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. willie45 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007

    can anyone tell me how long it should take to transfer a Gigabyte using the firewire connection between two macs ( MBP and late 2006 imac) please?


  2. scr1968 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2007
    Should be pretty fast. Faster than you might think. One of the cool things about the Mac line is how easy it is to do just this - links to Macs together via a firewire cable and transfer files.

  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Theoretical max throughput of a FW400 connection is 50MB/s. Realistically, a drive connected via FW400 will get somewhere around 40MB/s.

    If you're using FW networking rather than just target disk mode, there's more overhead, so I'm going to randomly guess in the vicinity of 25MB/s, though it could theoretically be faster. Meaning somewhat under a minute, basically--I'm going to guess 40 seconds.
  4. willie45 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    Thanks folks. There is something I'm doing wrong then. Its taking me around 2mins per Gb to do this. I will have a read of my book again and give it another go :)
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Why not just connect them via Ethernet cable and get full 1 Gigabit networking glory?
  6. willie45 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    I wanted to have the option to connect one to the internet so that I could access it via the other one if you know what I mean. My connection is through ethernet so I couldn't do it.

    I have to say I had no idea that would give me a faster connection though :eek: :)

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