transfer files between iMac's and Retina display question.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thomasbp, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. thomasbp macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2017
    Hi All.

    1. How can I transfer files and so one, between two iMac's an old mid 2011 27" iMac where the GPU is dead, so blue screen and can't get into the desktop, to a new late 2015 27" iMac ??

    2. I know how to open the old mid 2011, but can see it's harder on a late 2015, my question is - is the late 2015 magnetic closed like the mid 2011 or do I need some "rubber closing" to close "seal" on the late 2015, if i open it ?
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    1. You can try Target Disk Mode to get into the old Mac You'll need a Thunderbolt cable to connect the two Macs (both have Thunderbolt ports).

    2. Check the teardown of the 2015 iMac. No more magnets - you'll need adhesive strips to reseal the display after you open it (available for sale at, of course).
  3. EnderBeta macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2016
    Is the iMac with the dead screen already setup to show up on your network? If so can you use screen share?
  4. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2016
    1) Open the 2011 and remove the HDD
    2) Purchase an external (USB) drive case
    3) Install the 2011's HDD into the case
    4) Connect the external drive to the 2015
    5) Copy files between drives
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Well, if a non-invasive method like Target Disk Mode doesn't hack it, this may turn out to be the solution, but if the only issue really is no video? Then surgery is total overkill.

    Based on the OP's description, I'm not even sure the GPU is dead - I wonder if he's tried connecting an external display?

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