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Old May 17th, 2003, 08:00 AM   #1
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I'm reading up in some of the service manuals and they say that if your computer doesnt boot up to connect it to another computer using Firewire target disk.Now I know you can do it using an externl HD but how do you connect it to an external tower?
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you neeed a firewire cable to connect the 2 computers together
restart the machine you want to use as a disk while holding down the apple and t keys or just the t key
thats all
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Old May 17th, 2003, 11:25 AM   #3
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I'm sure this is a really dumb question but is the "host" machine on already or no?
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Old May 17th, 2003, 11:38 AM   #4
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info. from Apple's website
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=58583

Question: how much faster is FW vs. a 100 Base-T cross over cable?
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I should really look this up on my own.sigh....

Thanks for the replies guys! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old May 18th, 2003, 05:35 PM   #6
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I'm just looking over the process in the jun/00 MacAddict. It sounds as simple as what Minnes indicated.
They say that the target one, they're using a powerbook, is connected unpowered to the other mac, there should be no other FW devices. Start up holding down the t key. Disconnect by dragging the pb icon to trash and restart the pb.
I've seen from other accounts that the part about disconnecting is critical.
Never used it, new machine, but I will soon.
Can't find the article right now about the speed differences but it sure looks simpler than the ethernet route (I don't think the ethernet way will let you use a hard drive, just access files on it).
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I tried it a few times when I had a firewire powerbook.
It is incredible, easy and fast, no big deal .
Just power down the disk machine, then connect it, restart with the T key, it doesnt matter if the host is on or off , when the host is on and is connected the disk shows up right away
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Although I do love this as well, pls make note that you must diconnect properly. I recall reading about this on Macdoc's site wuite some time back, and have done several times. I did most recently have a little challenge when I hooked up my PB to a friend's G4 as I needed to transfer a rather large vid file. All was cool - until I had to disconnect. Funny things happened - and we know how moody Macs get. Anyhow, I'm a big proponent other than having to turn the computer off. And booting again. The alt is a little slower though - Just recently transfered 3Gig worth of files via ethernet. Will not mention the legnth of time that it took.
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