Transferring data from old Mac to new Mac via firewire

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I have a blue/white G3 tower and am receiving a 17" powerbook this week. The CD burner and the zip drive on the G3 are not working, so I am wondering how I would be able to pull the stuff I need from the G3 into the G4 Powerbook. Is it as simple as just going firwire to firewire, or is something else a better way to go?


  • Reply 1 of 7
    stoostoo Posts: 1,490member
    To boot the PowerBook in disk mode, hold down T when it boots up. You should get the Firewire logo on the screen: it can now be used as an external Firewire drive. I don't know if B&W G3s can boot into Firewire disk mode.

    You could copy the files across a small network but disk mode is probably easier, faster and takes less setup.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Stoo: Thanks for the quick reply. I just tried on my G3 and boot up was normal. But, if I understand correctly, if I boot up the Powerbook in Disk mode, the G3 should recognize it as an drive via a Firewire cable. Is this correct?
  • Reply 3 of 7
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    Yes, just start up the PowerBook while holding down the T key (and make sure it's connected to the G3 of course) and it effectively becomes a very expensive external firewire hard drive. You'll know you're doing it right when the screen displays a big FireWire logo instead of starting up like usual.
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    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,551member
    The PowerBook should be shut down first. Then connect the FW cable between the computers. Then start the PB while holding down the T key.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    Thanks all for the tips, my questions have been answered. I can now transfer my, errr, porn over to the Powerbook.

  • Reply 6 of 7
    cubs23cubs23 Posts: 324member
    If you are transferring stuff FROM your G3 TO your POWERBOOK, you shutdown the G3, and then restart and hold 't' on the G3.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    I think he gets it...

    Porn Eh?
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