Which FireWire cable?

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  1. mikonium macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to migrate files from a 2008 MacBook Pro to one of the new 2012 MBPs. Which FireWire cable do I buy? What's the cheapest option? I'm just very confused because when I search for a FireWire 800 cable I get all of these different 6-Pin and 9-Pin and Windows options, and I'm not sure sure what I need.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    I've made a mistake, you need the 9 pin to 9 pin one. I'm terribly sorry about that.
     
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  9. mikonium thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help, everyone! I just ordered one on Monoprice.
     
  10. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Does Migration Assistant work using a ethernet connection between two Macs? If so, it's usually much easier to find a ethernet cable lying around the house or office than it is to buy a FW one.

    ft
     
  11. mikonium thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Don't you need a crossover Ethernet cable to hook up two computers?
    Which is faster, FW or Ethernet?
     
  12. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    check this site:

    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/849112


    i think firewire is better for what you want to do
     
  13. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I think ultimately, FW is better, but if you have an ethernet cable hanging around, then just use it. After all, you're only using it once.

    As for needing a cross-over cable ... Macs have had auto-sensing ethernet ports for around 10 years now. Just plug in any ethernet cable and it'll automatically work.
     

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