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  1. #1

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    Jan 31, 2011
    mac book as an external hdd?
    I have a mac book air and am running out of hd memory but have 180 spare gb on my old black mac book - is there a way I can transfer (my itunes purchases tv series particularly) from my air to the mac book - I have connected the two up by ethernet and nothing!

    all help gratefully received

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    Oct 01, 2007
    27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.11, Mac Mini i5 (2014), iPhone6s, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, New AppleTV (4?)
    Are they both connected by ethernet cable via a router or switch? or just a single cable?

    If it's a single cable you'll need to use a crossover ethernet cable (they are wired differently to standard ethernet patch cables).

    edit: that said, depending on the age of your Macs you can use a non-crossover ethernet cable as newer models can auto switch.

    Either way make sure you have file sharing enabled in system preferences.
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    Jan 31, 2011
    black mac book is 2007
    mba is 2009

    I have a single ethernet between the two -

    would prefer not to have to get extra cables - would it help if I connected them both by ethernet to my time capsule?

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