Old late'08 MBP transfer to new '16 iMac

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  1. ObuckiO macrumors regular

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    Hi folks.
    Late 08 MBP(Yosemite) to new 16 iMac(Sierra)
    Trying to manually transfer files with Apple support on screen share didn't work out after hang up.

    -I first bought Thunderbolt cable(2m) in the attempt to target disc mode. MacBook only showed "Y" shaped symbol(2 = 1 box with circle in middle). Plus, no disc showed up on iMac.

    -Then, we skipped the migration assistant and shot for sharing "Back to My Mac" procedure.
    We got that to work until iTunes music folder(near 300 songs), got about 25% transferred***Hung up with Apple care here*** 10mins later, transfer then failed. Which it showed it was estimating 1hr 30mins to finish.

    -My question is: does anyone know the compatibility on Thunderbolt between these two on why the target disc mode has that symbol and not the lightning bolt symbol? Or, is there another way I could use the thunderbolt cable in another fashion to help with the unsure Back to my Mac finish?

    Thanks, everyone in advance.
    PS: Migration assistant was only bypassed at first due to not wanting entire MacBook to transfer to iMac.
     
  2. shinyleaf macrumors newbie

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    The Late 08 MBP doesn't have Thunderbolt. Look at that port on the side carefully. It's a displayport symbol, not the Thunderbolt lightning one. So when you put it into target disk mode, it's going to FireWire instead (that's the Y symbol).

    The assistant transfer is slow probably because it's going over wifi. Because that's the only connection it could find.
     
  3. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    Can you plug them both into a router via Ethernet?
     
  4. ObuckiO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. Didn't notice that.
    Does the Back to my Mac seem my best luck? I'm unsure if migration assistant goes over wifi or not(?).
    I assume there are some other slow methods if all fails, but I rue to get failed for hours of attempts.

    I very appreciate the reply, Thanks
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    Yes, good call. However, I need to find my extra ethernet cord.
    How do you of about this method? Back to my Mac?
     
  5. ObuckiO thread starter macrumors regular

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    2 ethernet cables worked on getting iTunes and iPhoto(main concern), thru iMac's Finder~share and drag.
    Although, I wanted some selections out of Documents, but wasn't able to drag the items at all. Even tried some app's, which I assumed wasn't going to work anyhow.

    Nevertheless, I got the main bunch I was hoping for and i'll get the rest in another sort.

    Thanks to all that helped.
     
  6. kiwipeso1 Suspended

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    Thunderbolt was introduced on the 2011 macs.
    You have Mini displayport on the 2008 MBP, which is the same port size, just not the same cable. (MDP is video only.)

    I would suggest that you connect ethernet via your router, or if you know what you're doing, direct ethernet to ethernet with the correct settings in network preference panel.
     

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