How can I connect a Macbook 12-inch 2016 to a Macbook Pro 2010 in target disk mode to migrate my data with Migration Assitant? The Macbook has a USB-C port and the Macbook Pro 2010 has Firewire 800 and USB 2.0.

I couldn't find an adapter or cable for this.

  • I'm assuming you are not really meaning Target Disk Mode, since you tagged the question Migration Assistant? Open the Assistant on both Macs, then migrate. Note that if an account with the same name already exists on the target system you won't be able to overwrite it - you'll need to create a new account for the imported user.
    – dr.nixon
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 17:36
  • Thanks for your answer. I mean Putting the 2010 in target disk mode then starting Migration Assistant on the newer Mac to transfer the data using a cable. Commented Dec 2, 2018 at 20:45

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Your best bet is to use an ethernet (network) cable. At gigabit speeds it should be pretty fast.

The 2010 Macbook Pro has an ethernet port, and since the 2016 Macbook has nothing but USB-C you will have to go with an adapter.

This one was the first result in my search engine of choice. There are many others. And I would imagine that if you buy the adapter from a store with a good return policy and use care in unboxing and using the adapter, it might be easily returnable, if you only use it that one time.

Also, it has been a while since I have had to do this but Migration Assistant may work over WiFi if both are connected to the same WiFi network. That would be kinda slow but should do the trick if Migration Assistant works with WiFi

  • Migration Assistant absolutely works over WiFi. I helped a friend move data from an old Air to a 2017 MBP over WiFi using Migration Assistant just about a week ago.
    – dr.nixon
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 17:34

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