which firewire cable to buy to transfer data to my new imac?

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  1. jpro macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I need to buy a firewire cable so I can transfer photos and my itunes library from my older macbook to my new imac. I want to buy the cable from monoprice but I am confused by the number of options I have when searching. I get results that have 4, 6, and 9 pin options. Do I need the 9 to 9 pin cable? 6 to 6 pin? Some other combination? My macbook is around 4 years old, pre-leopard, osx 10.4.x. The iMac is brand new.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Either get a 6-pin to 9-pin Firewire cable, as that MBP definitely has a Firewire 400 port (6-pin) and the current Macs only have a FW 800 port (9-pin). If that MBP has a FW 800 port, a 9-pin to 9-pin cable will give you double the transfer rate.

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    Though the first MBP model (January and February 2006) didn't have a Firewire 800 port, even though the previous PowerBook had one.

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    The 17" MBP (April 2006) and the 15" MBPs released in October 2006 had the FW 800 port again.
     
  3. imeridian macrumors newbie

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    You need a 9-6 pin "bilingual" cable, such as item 331 or 3542.
     
  4. jpro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just the info I needed. Thanks a lot everybody.
     

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