Transfer HDD contents to another computer?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Slovig, May 12, 2011.

  1. Slovig macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2007

    Here's my predicament: I have an old macbook that I no longer use, because I have a new macbook air. However, there's files on the computer that I know I still want, and would like to have from it. Can I simply use time machine to back up the hard drive to an external drive, and then browse the files at my leisure? Or does time machine (never used it before, bare with me if this is a dumb question) write the back up in a different format? Or is it just a copy of the hard drive?


  2. Slovig thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2007
    Ok cool. Networking isn't really an option, I'm looking to sell it, so I wanna reformat and get it all packed up. Plus, knowing me, it'll take two months to get a handful of files from the backup -_-
  3. MacmancUK macrumors member

    May 7, 2011
    Use Target disc mode, type target into Help for info

    Basically connect two computers with firewire cable, press T on startup on slave computer
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    1. TDM has been linked to in the first reply.
    2. It will no work in the OP's situation, as an MBA is involved.

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