Firewire Target Disk "Screensaver"

Discussion in 'macOS' started by WWJBD, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. WWJBD macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys. So I just got a new 27" iMac to replace an old one, and I'm obviously doing a lot of iMac-to-iMac file transfers and imports, so they spend a lot of time connected via Firewire. This includes overnight. So the fact that the Firewire "Screensaver" on the old mac stays on at all times gets really annoying really fast.

    I was wondering if anybody knew of any way to disable the Firewire screen, while maintaining the connection. Not sure if it's possible, but what better place to ask?

    Thanks a lot.
    -JB
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    There is no way to disable, change, or in any way alter that Target Disk Mode screen saver.
     
  3. basher macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried turing the brightness all the way down on the iMac that's in Target Mode?
     
  4. WWJBD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have. It dims the screen roughly 25% or so, but unfortunately it's still very bright and invasive.
     
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    It wouldn't be as fast but you could do the same thing with File Sharing over Ethernet or WiFi.
     
  6. JamesM macrumors regular

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    I found the opposite, I copied a load of files off my MBP to the iMac last night using a direct gigabit connection and it did it in 30 minutes. After as a test I tried it in target disk mode across FireWire 800 and it said it would take an hour which I was surprised about.

    Even with the TCP/IP overheads gigabit seems faster than FireWire 800, at least from one machine to the other using a direct connection. Across the LAN would obviously yield slower results if there were other machines using the network.
     
  7. WWJBD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. If there's no way to get rid of the Target Disk screen, file sharing sounds like the next best option. Hopefully the speed is comparable.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    FW800 offers 65 to 75 MB/s, Gigabit Ethernet (on all Intel Macs) can go to 100 and more MB/s, depending on the HDDs' maximum speeds.
    Just get a CAT5e or CAT6e cable and connect the two Macs and enable file sharing.
     

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