is firewire necessary to salvage my files?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by evankru, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. evankru macrumors newbie

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    I need to reinstall my operating system, but i want to connect my macbook to a friend's macbook and transfer my files over first. Do i need a firewire connection, or can i just use a computer-to-computer cable (sorry, i'm not very tech savvy, but that is how the package described it)?
     
  2. steveza macrumors 68000

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    If the computer to computer cable is a crossover network cable then that will work but you might need to configure static IP addresses for the ethernet ports on each machine.

    It's a bit complicated though and firewire is much easier and quicker
     
  3. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to use target disk mode (and if your mac support that) you will need a firewire cable to connect them. What model do you have?
    If you are still able to boot your mac in OS X you can share the files through the network, using wireless or an ethernet cable.
     
  4. evankru thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a white macbook from 2007.
     
  5. misterredman macrumors 6502a

    misterredman

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    So your model still has firewire, and target disc mode is possible (you will need a cable):

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661


    You can of course use the network connections if you can still boot in OS X.
     

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