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Why is Target Disk Mode so slow?

Two macs: maxed out 2017 MacBook Pro (MBP) base model iMac Pro (iMP) Using the MBP standalone, the internal drive gives me read & write speeds of about 2600 & 2000 MB/s respectively. Using ...
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Permissions for file transfer over target disk mode

I have a 2015 iMac that no longer boots. I want to recover the ~1 TB of data on it and transfer to a brand-new iMac. (Through a comedy of errors, my Time Machine drive isn't available.) I can ...
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The screen of my macbook suddenly broken down how can I do to recover

It suddenly turned to have two light bars on the top of the screen how can I fix it and get the files back. I needed to use the Macbook for 3 years for school and I can't afford a new one
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Can you use a Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect two Macbook 12-inch in target disk mode?

I'm working as a technician and would like to learn the capabilities of these cables. I know a USB-C 3.1 gen. 2 can do it, but I'd like to know if a Thunderbolt-3 cable would do it. I know that you ...
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iMac Late 2009 Target Display Mode to GTX 1080

I have the requisite model iMac -Late 2009 iMac, and a brand new PC build employing AMD Threadripper and a GTX1080. I would like to use the iMac as a display in target disk mode from the PC/ The ...
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Can I use target disk mode using an USB 2.0 to Firewire cable?

Since the graphics card of my MacBook Pro from early 2011 is broken I need to save my data per target disk mode. This could be easily done using a FireWire or a Thunderbolt cable. But my problem is ...
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Is it possible to boot into a Windows bootcamp partition in Target Disk Mode?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina with both macOS and Windows 10 installed on the internal SSD. I regularly put my MacBook into Target Disk Mode and boot into the macOS partition via a 2015 iMac. My ...
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Access Target Disk 2nd Macintosh HD

How does one connect using Terminal to a mounted Macintosh HD when there are 2 drives with the same name? $ cd /Volumes $ ls -l lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 1 Jul 27 19:10 Macintosh HD -> / ...
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Which cable should I choose to do data transfer between a 12" MacBook and a 2017 MacBook Pro via target disk mode by Migration Assistant?

This is a quick image showing my cables and MacBooks. I got a new MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar (A1706) and now I need to transfer all my data from my old 12" MacBook (A1534) to it. While Migration ...
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Stuck on Target Disk Mode due to Firmware Password

The MacBook Pro 2014 (macOS High Sierra, A1502) I’m using has a firmware password set. I tried to boot into target disk mode and it asks for this password even after turning it off/on. I tried many ...
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File and directory permissions while migrating a Mac using Target Disk Mode

I am getting a replacement Mac today and I am concerned about the reliability of the Migration Assistant in High Sierra. Both times I've used High Sierra's Migration Assistant there have been timeouts ...
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Use target mode to pull data from a hard disk encrypted with FileVault?

I got this message on a MacBook Pro 2012: path /system/installation/packages/osinstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged The first thing to do is to safe data. The hard disk is encrypted with ...
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Target Display Mode between a Dell XPS and 2013 iMac

I have been searching for a long time for the answer to this question. I have a Dell XPS laptop with minidisplay port out and a 2013 iMac. Can I buy a mini-display port cable and connect it to the ...
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Is migrating using a Time Machine backup the same as using the old Mac in target disk mode?

If I migrate to a new Mac using Migration Assistant, when it prompts about connecting a source disk, is using a fresh Time Machine backup equivalent to using my old Mac in target disk mode?
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FireWire Target Disk Mode shows wrong storage capacity

Update: I was mistaken about the hard drive size, there was no corruption of the disk nor a mistake in the displayed size. This is a question of many parts. The gist is captured by the title: I ...
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Can I “hot copy” an entire running Macbook to a new one without using Target mode?

Is it possible to copy a running Macbook's state (running Sierra) over to a new Macbook? I can't use target disk mode for two reasons: one, I don't have a Firewire cable and am not sure where to get ...
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Connect a Mac as an external drive to another Mac

I run a 2008 Mac Pro and an old G5 Power Mac. Would it be possible to hook them together and use the G5 as an external drive mounted on the Mac Pro?
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Boot iMac from Macbook

The new MacBooks are the best But their processors are pretty anemic. Not a big deal when I'm out and about, but not great for serious work. What I'd like to do: Get an iMac with decent specs, use ...
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When booting using Target Disk Mode, all iCloud, Adobe, Microsoft credentials are lost. Is there a way to keep the credentials?

I boot an iMac 5k from a MacBook Pro drive using Target Disk Mode. This is great except all the credentials for iCloud, Adobe, and Microsoft get erased when switching "host" computer. The volume on ...
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Does the 2015 Retina MacBook have firmware target disk mode?

I've read the user manual and FAQ on ports for the new 2015 Retina MacBook and can't tell if it supports target disk mode. Apple's article on target disk explicitly says Firewire and Thunderbolt are ...
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Performance of MacBook Air SSD Targeted from iMac

I use a MacBook Air, but would like to put an iMac at my office for a performance boost. I don't want to switch between operating systems, so I'd like to target the Air's SSD (via Thunderbolt 2) when ...
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How to view hidden files when viewing a mac through target disk mode?

I am hoping to view some of a /usr/local folder from a mac, using target disk mode. However, it is hidden and I cannot see it in finder to copy. How can I view and then copy a file (for example, /...
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controlling a machine with usb boot or target mode

I need to change some preferences on a mac of which statup disk I can't control due to video issue (I don't see the desktop and so on ), I can use an usb disk to boot or launch it as target disk.... ...
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Problems with target disk mode, HD does not show in Finder/Desktop (only in Disk Utility)

I have a MacBook Pro which goes straight to Disk Utility when I try to start it (it totally froze and I forced it off and on). And no luck in repairing the hard disk (Disk Utility can't repair…) I am ...
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Can I run a disc image of a cloned Tiger or Leopard PPC drive on a modern Intel Mac via virtualization software?

I have a PowerMac G5 PPC running Tiger and an old, white, Santa Rosa MacBook running Leopard. If I create cloned disc images of these OS drives, will I be able to run them in VMWare Fusion/Parallels/...
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Target Display Mode between two MacBook Pro

I have TDM working with my iMac. I am currently have two MacBook Pro (2012 and 2103) and was wondering if they support this? I have not been able to get it to work. Has anyone else gotten this to ...
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When setting up a new laptop, Setup Assistant doesn't see all the data

I'm trying to set up a new Retina MacBook Pro, which is running OS X 10.10, by transferring data from my old MacBook, which is running OS X 10.8.6, via Thunderbolt. My old laptop is in Target Disk ...
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How do I save files on Macbook with crashed OS?

I have a Macbook that the OS has crashed (I am not 100% sure if the Hard Drive is dead, but I would like to save the files before anything else). When I boot up, the screen just remains grey and ...
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Put iMac G3 in Target Disk mode

Is it possible to put the iMac G3 in Target Disk mode, such that one could copy or image the HDD? This particular G3 does not have a FireWire port, only two USB 1.1 ports. It's the tray loading ...
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Target Disk Mode & SMART

This Question - Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions - raises the question, Does mounting a drive in Target Disk Mode bypass SMART, preventing any lockout if ...