Transfering Data


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 17, 2005
I'm planning on buying a new iMac soon. I will want to transfer my data from my old 1.33 GHz G4 ibook to my new iMac via an ethernet cable. Will I need a crossover cable or will a regular ethernet cable work??

The reason why I ask this is because I looked on apple's page where they list which macs require a crossover cable, and the ibook is listed as both requiring a crossover cable and not requiring one.

The first list says that ibooks (with dual USB and later) don't require a crossover cable. But then the second list says that the "ibook" and the "firewire ibook" do require a crossover cable.

My ibook has 2 USB ports and a firewire port, so which list is right? See the picture I included...


macrumors 6502a
Jun 10, 2003
why not get a Firewire cable and use Migration Assistant to transfer your data? Worked like a charm when I moved from my eMac to MacBook


macrumors 6502a
Aug 6, 2006
Your iBook has Dual USB, so you should be fine. The first iBooks did not have Firewire, IIRC.

But as other poster said, why not get a firewire cable?