How to (quickly) share files between two Macs?

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  1. bearinthetown macrumors regular

    bearinthetown

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    Hi guys,

    I have a 50 GB file to send from one MacBook to another. Is there any fast way to transfer it? Airdrop is relatively slow, perhaps there is a faster method taking advantage of being on the same Wi-Fi network?
     
  2. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

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    Ethernet would probably be faster then wifi.
     
  3. bearinthetown thread starter macrumors regular

    bearinthetown

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    I'm not buying any dongle any soon, so I can forget about ethernet. I also don't use wired connection at all, so...
     
  4. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

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    How about an external drive or thumb drive?

    I have hardly ever used AirDrop and never really had a reason to use it. I may have used it twice.

    I don't know if AirDrop is slower than normal wifi transfers, but there are other solutions.

    I have file sharing turned on in the sharing preferences and connect to my other computers within a finder window. Doing this with wifi will be much slower than Ethernet, but maybe it will be faster than AirDrop?

    What is nice about this is that I can quickly connect to the other Mac from the finder window, drag and drop, and walk away. With Ethernet, 50GB file would transfer in a few minutes, and over wifi, it depends on the connection, but at my home, probably over 40 minutes.

    Other ways:

    You can transfer using screen sharing.

    You can also transfer using Bonjour, although I haven't done it in a really long time.
     
  5. jagolden macrumors 6502a

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    I second the thumb drive method if you don’t want to use airdrop or iCloud.
     
  6. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

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    A fast thumb drive or external drive would most likely be the quickest way to transfer, not counting wired solutions.
     
  7. PowerMacBook macrumors member

    PowerMacBook

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  8. bearinthetown thread starter macrumors regular

    bearinthetown

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    No :( USB-C to USB-A.
     
  9. cram501 macrumors regular

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    Copy it to an external disk/usb thumb drive.

    Enable SSH on the target and transfer directly over the network with an sftp client like filezilla.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    50 gigabytes?

    External drive.... sneakernet. ;)
     

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