Which FireWire cable to use to connect MacBook to iMac?

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  1. Ardoptres macrumors regular

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    I need a FireWire cable to connect my 2008 MacBook Pro 15,4" to my 2008 iMac 24" so i can use the MB as an external HD (Target Disk Mode).

    There are a lot of different FireWire cables out there, but I don't know which one to buy.

    Is it possible to use an ethernet cable?

    Any advice? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

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  3. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    I hoped someone would know which cable i should buy based on the computor models. The both have the same FireWire connector. I really can't see which one i should buy based on the pictures on wikipedia. It doesn't look like any of them would fit.
     
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Your iMac has 2 Firewire ports, FW400 and FW800.

    Assuming your MBP is a mid-2009 model?

    It has FW800 only.

    So you need a 9 pin to 9 pin: http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10301

    Theres really no need for a FW cable, just connect them both via an ethernet cable and turn on file sharing and they should be able to see each other.
     
  5. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    My MBP is from 2008.

    I think i have an ethernet cable somewhere, i'll try that. thanks.
     
  6. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried an ethernet cable, but mine didn't work. Seems like it has to be a crossed one.
     
  7. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    As techound1 says, Target Disk mode requires firewire.

    It's much easier than you seem to be thinking.

    My early 2008 MBP has both FW800 and FW400. I don't have a 24" iMac to look at, but I'd bet it has FW800 also. You could look it up.

    Just get a FW800-FW800 cable, and you'll be good.

    But as I said, the crucial thing for Target Disk is FW -- it's the only option.
     
  8. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    I assumed it was easy. I just didn't know what the connectors were called, and wondered if it was possible to use ethernet instead. Now i know FW is the only option. :)
    I am going to buy a 9 pin to 9 pin cable. £4 incl. shipping on eBay seems alright.
     
  9. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    I have the first 24" white iMac and latest 13" MBP and was in your exact situation. FW800 to FW800 cable is what is required. Will come in very handy. I *thought* I had got a bargain on eBay - until I got it. It was FW800 9pin to FW400 4pin ( the small version not on Apple stuff). I re checked the seller and it turns out that I must be blind. Good price though for a quality lead.

    So many FW cables on eBay I must have been dizzy. As it happens I use it for my old Sony Camcorder - makes me feel like it was not a waste. I do not find the new FW800 any faster than my old FW400 camcorder lead ;)

    In the end I has a brain wave and transferred all my music, pics and videos etc. from the iMac to the new MBP using my TimeMachine backup portable USB drive. :)

    Still after a FW800 9pin lead. Be careful and read all the advert details. Not that many 9pin to 9pin when I was looking.
     
  10. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, sure, you need a FW cable for TDM, but if you just want to get data off your MBP, or just share data from it, theres no need to use TDM.

    Just a regular ethernet cable, crossover isnt necessary.

    System Prefs >> Sharing >> File Sharing

    Finder >> Got to server >> choose your MBP
     
  11. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    I want to use Time Machine on my MBP :)
     
  12. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    So you are using the MBP as an external HD for use with Time Machine on the iMac?

    Makes no practical sense to me, but I guess it is possible to do with the firewire and TDM.
     
  13. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes.

    I know it would be better to use an actual external HD, but I currently don't have the funds to purchase one.
     
  14. Velin macrumors 65816

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    I connected my Macbook Pro to an iMac via Target Disc Mode just yesterday using Firewire.

    If it's a new Macbook Pro, you'll have Firewire 800. So get a FireWire 800 cable. It's absurdly easy.
     

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