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Transfer from 9.0 machine to 10X machine
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Nov 11, 2004, 09:57 PM
I'm sure it's simple, but a friend wants to transfer all the info from her 9.x old mac laptop to a new ibook running 10x. How can she connect the two using a usb cable and do this transfer? Thanks in advance.
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Nov 12, 2004, 12:14 PM
No, not USB. Transferring files over standard USB would be like cutting your lawn with a Lady Bic. If both Macs don't have Firewire, then the next best option is to connect them together via ethernet and turn on filesharing. You'll need an ethernet crossover cable.

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Nov 12, 2004, 08:19 PM
What models are the computers? Newer ones (with gigabit ethernet, I think) can use a standard ethernet cable as a crossover.

Firewire also works for transferring files, but I've never used it.
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Nov 13, 2004, 04:07 AM
Firewire is easiest if both computers have the ports. Only the newer machine, which we assume its fully OSX supported thus is capable of this, would need to boot into Target Disk Mode

It is even easier than having to set up the file sharing on the two computers. And the host computer only needs to be running an OS 8.6 or newer.
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