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  • File transfer delema

    Posted by Tom Matthies on April 17, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Hi all.
    Here is the problem. I’m transferring files from my old G4 onto the new G5. The G5 is connected to a Huge 2TB raid. It also will have a number of Firewire 800 drives connected to it as well via a PCI card already installed. The FW drives are currently connected to the old G$ and fairly full. The G4 also has three additional internal drives with media, graphics and such. Two of these drives (250Gb/ea.) are striped for media. I’m trying to transfer the files off of these internal drives onto the new Huge raid. I can’t copy the files to the FW drives since they are already pretty full. I can’t just connect the Huge raid to the old G4 since I have an Atto PCIe card for a controller and it won’t work in the G4. If I connect the two computers together using the Firewire target method, I only have access to the system srive in the G4, but not the other three drives. I could transfer through an ethernet hub, but it would take a very long time indeed to transfer almost 400Gb of data.
    Is there a way in the FW targer mode to “get at” the other internal drives rather than just the system drive? Or, short of going out and buying a couple more FW drives (not an option) for the transfer, is there another solution?
    I can’t even swap the drives from one computer to the other since the G4 drives are ata and the G5 drives are serial ata and there isn’t enough room for two additional drives inside the G5 anyway. Yikes!
    Any suggestions?

    Tom Matthies replied 18 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Jerry Hofmann

    April 17, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    I’d use the Ethernet option then… and both machines probably have gigabit E so it’s a lot faster than you think!

    Connect them directly…. don’t go thru any hubs etc… that way you’ll get the fastest rate you can get.


  • John Christie

    April 17, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Don’t know if this would work, but, how about making an alias of the other drives onto the boot drive and trying firewire target mode again?


    John Christie

    Keyframes Editing

  • Will Salley

    April 18, 2006 at 1:56 am

    Why don’t you transfer the data from the FW drives to the Huge drive (G5) and erase the FW drives (after confirming the transfer), then do the same thing with the internal ATA RAID? ATA > FW > Huge.

  • Tom Matthies

    April 18, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Will. That’s the same solution I came up with.
    That’s just what I did last night and it worked fine. I sat there looking at the machines and in a “duh!” moment I realized the very simple solution. Man. gota stop those 15 hour edit sessions. Frying the old brain.
    Thanks all

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