Transfere between laptops via USB cable

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by forbade, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. forbade macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2006
    Is there anyway I can transfere files between mac notebooks using a usb or fire wire cable ?
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Firewire cables. Google for "target mode mac os x".
  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    There are problems with TDM(Target Disk Mode) with the Intel based macs. See Technical Article 303118
    So there are limitations. TDM is very cool and useful.
    Otherwise you can use a cross-over ethernet cable and follow the directions on this Apple support article. Such a cable is rather useful.

    Using a USB A to A cable may cause shorting and damage your computer.

    There may be a USB to USB bridge that will work with OSX. Others can add to this and correct me. There is also a USB device that creates a virtual drive that stands between the two computers. I can't find that product right now.

    Lastly you could set up a network between 2 macs if they have Airport cards.

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