Transfer files via ethernet from one Macbook to another

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by VoodooDaddy, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2003
    Wanting to move a large number of files via ethernet from an older macbook to a newer one. Dont want to user MA either.

    I know Ive seen it said that you can do this using Appletalk, but now I cant find any info about it. Googling, I only came up with links dealing with pc -> mac transfer, or old info, like g3 imac -> imac, that type of thing.

    Seems when I saw this it said to use Appletalk from the network settings. Is that all it takes? Do I just check 'make appetalk active'? As far as the 'appletalk zone', what goes there? And I assume 'configure automatically' is the best selection there.

    Or....Is there a better way not using appletalk?
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    I suggest, you just use static IP addresses on both machines. Use a standard Ethernet cable to connect the both.

    Connect via Finder.
    Transfer files.

    This should do it. There are a couple of other threads on this topic as well.

    Hope this was helpful.

  3. VoodooDaddy thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2003
    Where would I find the static IP address for each machine? And where would I enter that information in? And lastly, would I have to have file sharing checked or no?
  4. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    Just throw the stuff in your Public folder and file share it. Done.
  5. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008
    here we go:

    * Connect both Mac, using a standard network cable

    Mac #1:
    * Open up System Preferences > Network
    * Choose Ethernet, and select Manually instead of Using DHCP.
    * Set the IP address to, Subnet Mask to

    Mac #2:
    * Same as above, IP address

    Now you should see the other Mac in the Finder sidebar. As said before, use the Public folder on each Mac to share files and folders.

    This should do it, tell me if you need more help.

  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Ya. Or dump it in the other macbook's dropbox.

    Or screen share (Leopard only, but can control Tiger) from one macbook to the other and log in with your own account--then you can pull from anywhere, not just public folder. No need for static IP or complex servers or anything.
  7. Italchef macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2003
    Maple, Ontario
    I was trying to do this to transfer my iTunes and iPhoto libraries. This is from an iMac to a Macbook. I was able to control the macbook's screen but not able to transfer the files. Any idea why?

  8. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008
    Using a direct connection between both Macbooks gives you a Gigabit network connection (= fast). This will save a slot of time, if you have a lot of files to transfer.
    If you only have a bunch of small files, go for the Public folder or the Screen Sharing solutions mentioned here.

  9. VoodooDaddy thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2003
    Will need to try the method mackindergarten tomorrow. Today however, I connected both together, turned on file sharing on both, allowed read/write access to both. Put files in the public folder. When I tried to move them over was getting some errors saying I "didnt have sufficient privledges." I gave up and just moved over what I could.
  10. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    if you have a connection, you don't need to do "my method" it's only for getting a connection between both Macs.

    As for file permissions, Open Info of the Public Folder (command-I), click the lock to unlock and set the right permissions.

    Click on the cog wheel icon and select Apply to Enclosed Items.

  11. christoinferno macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2010
    Am I missing something?

    I tried this, following the directions exactly, a few times. I even restarted each time I made a change, just in case. Nada. Virtually nothing happened. Is there more to this?
  12. impossiblyfree macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2010
    rupert, thanks for taking the time to explain this. just reconfigured my network and needed to move a 20gb file to my macbook from the desktop. estimated time, 8 hours. i searched for a direct connection via ethernet and found this thread. 3 minutes remaining.
  13. ano0oj macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010

    thank you good sir!
    13gb transfer in 7 minutes
  14. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    That is around 32MB/s, are you transferring a lot of small files? Gigabit Ethernet normally provides 70MB/s and much more (up to 110MB/s with the right storage devices).
  15. DavisEngeler macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2010

    Thanks for this post and the help. Worked perfect for me on the first try with no problem. 48GB in 14-15 minutes.
  16. CalTex macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2011
    If I am trying to transfer data from a pc to a mac does the method above also work?
  17. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You can connect a Windows PC (if that is what you meant with "pc") to a Mac via Ethernet and if File Sharing is enabled, you can share files between the computers. There might be a guide on how to do this out there.
  18. pajhonka macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2009
    Worked for me also, thank you!

    Don't forget to go to "Sharing" in System Preferences and turn on "File Sharing."

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