How can I get the quickest file transfer speeds between a 12" rMB and 2011 iMac?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kylera, May 2, 2017.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    I imagine that a wired connection of some kind would be faster than wireless. Even so, there are different ways I could connect the two Macs. What type of connection (USB to USB, Ethernet to Ethernet, etc.) would be the fastest possible?
  2. sublunar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I'd say USB-C to Ethernet assuming you have a decent router and cabling
  3. ryguy92000 macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    USB-c to THUNDERBOLT will offer the fastest trans speeds. Target disk mode the mbp2011 and off you go. Ethernet caps out at 1gb/s
  4. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    Thunderbolt by itself won't work since the MacBook can only do USB 3 speed (5 Gbps). You could use a Thunderbolt to USB 3 converter on the iMac and then use one of these cables to connect it to the MacBook, but that's a pretty expensive way to do it and I'm not even sure that'd work. I think you might be better off using a USB-C Ethernet adapter to link the two.
  5. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    You might want to consider copying everything to an external disk drive and using that.....

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