is it possible to connect my MacBook to my iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by arcsbite, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. arcsbite Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    looking to hook my blacbook up to my iMac when I'm at my desk, is there any way to?
    at the moment I am mounting the HDDs to each other via the network (as they are both on the same wireless network)
    but file transfers take forever

    is there a way to do this via firewire? (Like targetdisk mode..only, where both machines can be running)
    or even ethernet?

    Thing is, I also need to connect my external Lacie FW drive, it's attached to the iMac, but I need to be able to access it from my macbook when at my desk, I trued 2 firewire cables into the Lacie and then into my machinees, but it won't mount on both, so I need to mount it on the blackbook, via the iMac....but not wirelessly...does that make sense?

    this is the first time I've had to run 2 machines at the same time, bit of a nightmare.
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    You should be able to plug them into each other via ethernet -- just a direct ethernet link. You might need a crossover cable, but I think you don't even need that. You'll get much faster transfer speeds.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  4. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    ethernet - transferred the whole 6Gb on my iMac to the mini in 5 min.!
  5. arcsbite thread starter Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    hooked it up, but now it only let's me mount the actual HDD.

    is there any way I can mount the external FW drive that is hooked upto the iMac too?
  6. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    Apr 27, 2006
    Connect your Macs together via a firewire cable just as if you were going use target disk mode. Thats it, full speed file transfers. Well, with Windows networking anyways. I'm pretty sure AppleTalk or whatever it's called these days supports firewire file transfers aswell. You might have to disable the Airport on one of the machines to make sure the connection goes through the firewire interface and not the wireless one. I haven't had to, but my friend has. Even if you do, you can share your internet connection over firewire. Well I'm relitivley certain all of that will work anyways....I haven't actully tried this Mac>Mac only Mac>PC and PC>Mac.

    This is all thanks to a lovely thing known as internet protocol over firewire, Windows fully supports it to (but won't after XP-stupid Microsoft)

    For mounting external HDD, you can try making a shortcut or something on the internal HDD, but I haven't tried that and it isn't likely to work.

    Hope I helped. -iDuck

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