Which FireWire cable?

mikonium

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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!
 

Intell

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I've made a mistake, you need the 9 pin to 9 pin one. I'm terribly sorry about that.
 

ftaok

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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
 

mikonium

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

ftaok

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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.