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I connected two macs with firewire 800/400 does not work

by sauronde / March 14, 2013 4:20 AM PDT

Today I purchased an 800/400 firewire to connect my new Mac Mini Lion to my old Mac OS X 10.3.9 in effort to view my old computer hardrive from from my new Mac Mini.

I followed the process starting my old computer pressing and holding the "T" key waiting to see the floating firewire symbol and then connecting the two computers with the firewire.This should have caused my old computer to open up the desktop, but did not. The firewire continued to float around the screen and the desktop never opened up.

Next I booted my Mac Mini which opened up but the mouse was frozen. I then toggled between both computers in effort to free up the mouse to no avail.

I then disconnected the firewire which freed up my mouse and then re-attached the firewire hoping the firewire would now work which it did not.

Does anyone know what I may have done wrong or tell me what I need to do to be able to see my old mac hardrive using my new Mac Mini?

Thank You,

Mark Johnson

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In this case, it's time to pull the drive, put in a USB case
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2013 4:45 AM PDT

Does not sound like you did it wrong.

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Thank you
by sauronde / March 14, 2013 11:34 AM PDT

I tried a number of times to make the firewire work with no success so I quit and let it go for the rest of the day. I retried using the firewire and this time it worked. Thank You for your input. I will keep your suggestions in case I have trouble later on.


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Good to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2013 4:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

There's a joke around the office (we work in electronic design) which goes like this.

"Why do they call them connectors?"

In reference to how many times they don't connect.

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I did conect. Finally!!
by sauronde / March 15, 2013 8:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Good to read.

I did finally connect and was hoping that I could toggle back and forth between the two computers. Apparently this isn't the case. Using the firewire I am able to see and interact with my old computer but cannot toggle back to my old computer. All I see on my old computer screen is a blue background with the firewire logo floating around the screen.

My hope was to be able use my Photoshop 7 program on my old computer and toggle to my new mac mini when I need to use the internet. I didn't want to purchase a mac tower and then have to upgrade my Photoshop program.

My interest in Photoshop is creating limited edition prints using various techniques Photoshop provides, and not interested in Photographic effects. Photoshop 7 still provides what I need the ony problem is that it is not supported by Lion.


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(NT) So you want remote control? Why not VNC?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2013 8:51 AM PDT
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