which firewire from PB to MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by littlekenneth, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. littlekenneth macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Hi, i am trying to transfer file from my PB 12" to my new MBP, I wondered if i should get the 4-pins to 4 pins firewire cable or 6 pins to 6 pins? Also, any advice or shortcut to transfer everything from the PB to the MBP? Thanks
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    6 pin.

    As for the rest, you'll have to wait a little while for others who know more to reply. But definitely use the 6 pin plug, neither the PB nor the MBP have 4 pin sockets.
  3. ncook06 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2006
    Tampa, FL
  4. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    plus, the macbook only has the 6 pin firewire connector......and you will have to buy adapters for the 4 pin.

    you could try migration assistant.....i have no idea how it works, but by the name i expect it helps smooth the process. it's in the utilites folder of your apps folder, FYI.

  5. iPhil macrumors 68040


    6 Pin to 6Pin =400MBps.. 6Pin to 9 Pin = 400MBps... 9Pin to 9Pin =800MBps

    4 Pin is usually on dv cameras and it runs @ 400MBps

    the speeds are ideal speeds but you'll get like 80% to 95% of the projected speed in the real life tests ..<<IIRC .. if i'm wrong on the projected speeds pls someone correct me :eek: :eek:
  6. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I didn't like the way the migration assistant organized my stuff. I found it easier just to load my old computer in target disc mode (hold down "T" upon restart) and then moving the info over "by hand".
  7. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Nope, your data speeds aren't quite correct (Mbps instead of MBps) but there's a little more to it.

    4 pin = Data 400Mbps. (Firewire 400)
    6 pin = Data 400Mbps + power. (Firewire 400)
    6 pin to 9 pin = Data 400Mbps + power. (Firewire 800 -> Firewire 400)
    9 pin = Data 800Mbps + power. (Firewire 800)

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