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What kind of a cable to I need for this data transfer?

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I need to transfer all of my files from a 2005 15 Powerbook G4 1.5Ghz to a new 15 MacBook Pro.

I think my Powerbook has both FireWire 400 and 800 ports and the MBP has a FireWire 800 port, but Im not sure how many pins the ports have.

My question is: what kind of a cable to I need for this?

Thanks for the help!
post #2 of 6
One cable... full-size FW400 (6 pin?) on one end, FW800 on the other end... The MBPro will see it as a FW400 connection automatically.
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post #3 of 6
Why not just a FireWire 400 both sides a standard FW wire then
put in target disc mode I've done that many times just need one cable
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post #4 of 6
Aside from having a differently-shaped port, Firewire 800 is fully compatible with FW400. You can buy a cable with a FW800 connector on one end and a FW400 connector on the other, the link will run at FW400 speed with no problem.
post #5 of 6
Can't imagine your hard drive being that large on the older computer. Why not just use ethernet
post #6 of 6
You need a cable with FireWire800 connectors on both ends, because both laptops have FireWire800, dferigmu. Then start up the PowerBook in target disk mode (hold "T" while starting up), like NOFEER suggested, and it will show up on the MBP's desktop as an external disk from which you can download single files, whole folders, or anything else you've got on that Powerbook, to your MBP, by simple drag & drop. You can upload to it too, BTW.

If, OTOH, you have a brandnew MBP you could also install a fresh Leopard or Snow Leopard on it from the install DVD, and it will ask you if you have an 'old' Mac that you want the data, apps, and settings (as far as applicable) transferred from to your new MBP. Just click affirmative and follow directions from there. Then grab a cup of coffee.
100GB will take from about a half hour to 1 hour. It will tell you when it's finished. Then simply restart your MBP, and you're all ready to go! Everything will be where you expect it to be, with all your apps installed and working. Couldn't be simpler. And saves you countless hours, if not days, of reinstalling everything manually, app by app...
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