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Help with connecting MacBook Pro to older Mac

clairey

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Help needed!

My MacBook Pro is not happy (and not backed up- whoops!). It just sticks on the grey Apple screen when you start it up.. Tried all the online advice (ie. disk Utility repair, Safeboot, fsck), but not working.

Next plan was to connect it to my Mac with Thunderbolt and try to back it up in Target disc mode, before reinstalling factory settings, but my mac is old and only has a FireWire connection. Is there someway of connecting thunderbolt to firewire? I've seen an adapter on amazon for £25. Will this work> is it worth the money, or am I unlikely to be able to back things up anyway??

Thanks for your advice!
 

JTToft

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I haven't tried it, but I would say it should work with the Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptor if your MacBook Pro doesn't itself have FireWire.
 
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clairey

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I haven't tried it, but I would say it should work with the Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptor if your MacBook Pro doesn't itself have FireWire.

Oh yeah, forgot to check whether the MacBook had firewire, and it does! I am an idiot! :) Will try firewire to firewire!! Thanks
[doublepost=1462916459][/doublepost]Next question! How do I work out if I need a 4/6/9 pin FireWire cable??
 
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JTToft

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Oh yeah, forgot to check whether the MacBook had firewire, and it does! I am an idiot! :) Will try firewire to firewire!! Thanks
[doublepost=1462916459][/doublepost]Next question! How do I work out if I need a 4/6/9 pin FireWire cable??
- Basically, you just need the cable that looks like the sockets you have. They're all different looking.
Unless your other Mac is incredibly old, that's a FireWire 800 cable which has 9 pins.
 
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clairey

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- Basically, you just need the cable that looks like the sockets you have. They're all different looking.
Unless your other Mac is incredibly old, that's a FireWire 800 cable which has 9 pins.

Brill! Thank you so much. Ordered on Amazon so should be here in 2 days. Fingers crossed it works!!....
 
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