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imac to MBA file transfer and cable type?

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olismith2424 Calculating status...
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Dec 30, 2012 11:09 AM

transferring files from imac 2011 macbook air 2012. What cable do i need and what is the best method? MBA has thunderbolt and imac has fire port.

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to olismith2424)

    If you use both on the same Wi-Fi network, you can use AirDrop to transfer files between them > http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11376

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,505 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to olismith2424)

    Both machines use Thunderbolt, get a Thunderbolt cable. I would recommend against using Wi-Fi, it is painfully slow. However if for some reason I'm incorrect you can also migrate from a backup drive, either a Time Machine or bootable clone EHD. You can connect that to the new MBA via whatever connections the EHD has.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 11:59 AM (in response to olismith2424)

    In that case, don't use AirDrop. Additionally, you can use an external disk to transfer that file. You can't connect a Mac with Mini DisplayPort with another one with Thunderbolt because they won't detect each other, although the Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt use the same port

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,505 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 12:11 PM (in response to olismith2424)

    You need to backup the iMac using Time Machine or create a bootable clone using either Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner. You will need an external HD to do this, you should have been backing up anyway and should consider yourself incredibly lucky you haven't lost any data. Backup isn't something that should be done it's somethat that MUST be done. You have lots of valuable data on your computer (music, photos, movies, financial information etc...) and without a backup plan you risk losing it completely if your computer has a HD crash!!!!!!!

     

    Before you do anything else get yourself and external HD and backup your computer!! You should buy 2 EHD's one for the iMac and another for the new MBA.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 2:28 PM (in response to olismith2424)

    You are welcome

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,505 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 7:19 PM (in response to olismith2424)

    Your welcome.

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