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    Cool iBook G4 data transfer to New iMac, Firewire to USB?
    I am a newbie, thanks in advance for letting me play in your sandbox.

    I just purchased a new iMac (1/2010). I was surprised to learn there is no Firewire port on the back of the machine. Several years ago, with my old mac iBook, I backed-up data on a Firelight external hard drive and now need to transfer that data to the new iMac. I have lots and lots of cords, but of course, no Firewire to USB cord. Is there a way to transfer this data by hooking the external hard drive to the old iBook and then "networking" the two computers together to access the hard drive?

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    1. There is a FW 800 port on the iMac.

    2. There is no such thing as a USB to FW cable. The two are incompatible.

    3. What type of connections does your external hard drive have? USB, FW400, FW800? If it's a FW400 drive, you can get a FW400 to FW800 cable.
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    The external hard drive is FW400 I guess. It looks bigger than the square firewire hookup on the back of the new iMac. But, I think I follow what you are saying above and I just need to get a FW400 to FW800 cord. Thanks for your help. I wish there was a way to do the network thing to avoid having to buy a new cord, but, at least now I have a plan. Again, many thanks!

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    You could do it via Network between the iBook and new iMac but Bobtomays suggestion would be much faster and easier. The FW800-400 converter or cable is not that much.

    Also the cable/converter would come in handy down the road for hooking up the Firewire drive to the IMac for backup.

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    You'll be looking for a FW 6 pin to 9 pin cable or adapter to use with your current cable. Prefer the cable myself, the fewer the connections the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    You'll be looking for a FW 6 pin to 9 pin cable or adapter to use with your current cable. Prefer the cable myself, the fewer the connections the better.
    Agreed BTW. Less chance of a connection failing down the line.

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    I was surprised to learn there is no Firewire port on the back of the machine
    Which one did u buy - seems the 21.5 and 27 both have Firewire 800??
    Here is a converter
    Firewire 800 to 400 Adapter
    and FYI here are some figures from a transfer i did recently;
    Copying 52,000 files and 58 GB USB 2.0 = 33 hour
    Using Firewire 800 for same - 44 minutes

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