5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 27, 2011 6:48 PM by spatial
spatial Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a new (refurb) Macbook Pro and an older Macbook Pro. Trying to use Migration Assitant to transfer my info to the newer mac. Had to buy a 9pin to 9 pin firewire cable to connect them but when I hook them up, set my source computer in target disk mode and run Migration Assistant on the other computer, it does not find the Source computer. Have tried it both ways. Just bought an ethernet cable and attempted to transfer using network mode but I can't seem to get the computers to see each other using that mode either.

Any thoughts?


MacPro, MacBook Pro,, Intel Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,185 points)

    Hi s,

     

    Have you followed each step, one at a time, in order, exactly?

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4413

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3231

     

    The OS info for at least one of your Macs states 10.6.2, and if that's involved, obviously that's an issue.

  • spatial Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, so here's the ststus. Went through the linked procedure (Thank, BTW) first using the Ethernet connection and then with the Firewire. The Ethernet procedure worked until the source comupter was supposed to bring up the identification code and it pinwheeled (the gray one) with the statement that it was looking for other computers.

     

    In the Firewire procedure, I got to the point where I had to put the source computer into the Target Disk mode and the destination computer pinwheeled saying it was waiting for the Source computer to restart.

     

    As a diagnostic to see if the firewire ports on either of the Macbooks was failed I conected them both to a Mac Mini that has a Firewire 800 port and they both came up just fine.

     

    So both Firewire ports are working but when I hook them up to each other they don't see the other.

     

    I'm going to see if I can put my Mac Mnini into Target Disk mode and have it come up on the Macbook.

  • spatial Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So this is interesting. The Mac Mini comes up as a disk on the AMcbooks when placed in Target Disk mode for both Macbooks. The I decided to try to see if the macboooks see each other when not using Migration Assitant. No go. Both Macbooks failed to mount on each other although I did manage to get an error once saying that the type of disk I had inserted was incompatable. Unable to reproduce that error. In neither case did the Macbooks show up in DiskUtility.

     

    What wiy==oiuld mac the mac books see other computers in Target Disk mode but not other Macbooks?

  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,185 points)

    spatial wrote:

     

    So this is interesting. The Mac Mini comes up as a disk on the AMcbooks when placed in Target Disk mode for both Macbooks. The I decided to try to see if the macboooks see each other when not using Migration Assitant. No go. Both Macbooks failed to mount on each other although I did manage to get an error once saying that the type of disk I had inserted was incompatable. Unable to reproduce that error. In neither case did the Macbooks show up in DiskUtility.

     

    What wiy==oiuld mac the mac books see other computers in Target Disk mode but not other Macbooks?

     

    All are fully updated?

  • spatial Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, some success. Uor statement in your first note about making sure everything is up to date was the one. On e of the two Macbooks was behind on a number of things. Nevertheless, Firewire connections still can't be established beteween the two makes, but Ethernet connection worked in Migration Assitant so I'm in business. Thanks for your help.