a very strange experience (upgrading from 10.1.5)

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  1. penmanila

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    i'm going through a very strange experience right now.

    a friend bought my 2010 11-inch MBA because he says his old ibook just won't cut it anymore; i offered to transfer his files.

    when i saw the ibook (which i helped him buy ages ago) i saw why it was due for a replacement: the screen was all crackled (you get that with really old laptops), but the thing still ran--on OS 10.1.5!

    i tried upgrading it to tiger because it wasn't reading my USB drives, etc and i thought maybe the ancient system was the problem, but it kept hanging, so i finally gave up on upgrading, and then i found that it worked with one of my 8-gig USB drives (this thing doesn't even have wifi, so forget about migration assistant). so i'm now copying the owner's user files to the thumb drive, thankfully less than 7 gigs of them (this ibook has a 40GB drive, i think)--but this is USB 1.0, and it will take more than 3 hours till the copying gets done :( i'm going out for coffee....

    PS: thank god i remembered firewire! from 3 hours to 13 minutes....
     
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    Hi Penmanila

    I guess people say fate sometimes has a purpose for making things happen from one event to another. Or things happen for a reason. It was perfect that your friend just had exactly 7 gig files that fits in to your 8 gig flash drive.
     
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    i like the quote MacSonic... things do happen for a reason :p

    for penmanila, your friend is lucky to have someone like you :D
     
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    I don't understand, so just to clarify, you finally used a firewire equipped external hard drive to get his files in 13 minutes?
     
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    yup. the ibook had firewire, and it was a good thing that one of my external HDs still had a firewire port. firewire is blazingly fast!

    ha ha unfortunately even that didn't work--i pulled the plug when the transfer said it would take 8 (up from the original 3) hours using the USB 1.0 port. eventually i used firewire--took just 13 minutes.

     
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    Nice thread :) This reminds me of how much our beloved macs have evolved. When I first purchased a mac back in 2003 (It was an Ibook G4 with Panther), Airport, bluetooth and Superdrives (DVD burners) weren't part of the package. We did have a modem back then though :)

    By the way, Sir Butch, would target disk mode work with 10.1.5? Of course in your friend's case, it wouldn't matter because a Macbook Air doesn't have a firewire port but I'm just wondering.

    Lastly, does the Ibook have an ethernet port? I'm just wondering if you can do a direct connection somehow.
     
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    Couldn't you have just booted the iBook in target disk mode (if that model supported it), essentially turning it into 40GB external FireWire drive?
     
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    nope. my MBA doesn't have firewire :(
     
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    you didn't, but you will:

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    :)

    that's the beauty of thunderbolt: anything you can plug onto a pcie bus, you can thunderbolt. :)

    coming soon!
     
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    Ahaha! So it's the 'fault' of your new MBA, not the ~10-year old iBook. :D
     
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