Physical storage devices such as pen drives, external hard disks HDDs , Solid State Drives SSDs have risen in popularity over the last few years owing to the ease of file sharing they offer. Pen Drives are good for a quick transfer of small files, HDDs are great for sharing very large files upto 4TB and also backing up your computer.
And if you want something more compact and much faster, SSDs will do the job pretty well but they do come at a price compared to hard disks. Another great thing about them is that you can also use these devices to not only share files between two Macs but even Windows and Android device using an OTG cable or adapter.
They cost more than the physical Hard Drive and offers less storage, but comes with the convenience to access those files over the network. Conclusion: Physical storage devices are better than cloud services for storing or transferring huge amounts of files as they offer a better bang for the buck and they even work without an internet connection while being portable to take with you.
Of course, most of you knew about the previous two ways, but very few know of the File Sharing System built right into Mac OS.
File Sharing, which uses SMB, is one of the most efficient and fastest ways in which you can transfer files between two Macs on the same network. But first, you need to activate File Sharing on the Mac from which you want to access data.
Turn on File Sharing by clicking on the radio button next to it. And type in the smb address. Next, there should be a pop-up asking you for which folder you want to open.
Select the required folder and input the username and password of the user of the hosting computer and you are good to go. QuickTip : If you want the fastest transfer speeds, we recommend connecting both the devices to the network via wires. Also, if you want to share with Windows computers, go to Options and turn on afp along with smb.
Most of the new Macs come with Thunderbolt ports which offer insane bandwidth, but did you know you can use them solely just for File Transfer? Target Disk Mode allows you to access the whole hard disk of one Mac from another Mac, allowing you to copy files to and from the target device. Using all the lanes of the Thunderbolt wire, you get the fastest speeds and this method is highly recommended for moving huge files, which is done in a jiffy.
Using a Thunderbolt Bridge is also very similar, except that both the machines stay turned on and you can use both the Macs while the file transfer is taking place. To use Thunderbolt Bridge, you need to enable it on both the devices. And input the IP address after which it is the same as File Sharing. This is the only fast and convenient way to transfer huge files like video files and games from one Mac to the other. However, as they need to be connected with a single cable, the machines need to be physically close to each other; this might not be a problem if one is a MacBook, but it might be troublesome to do this with two iMacs in different rooms.
AirDrop might be the easiest and most convenient way to share files between two Macs and even iPhones.
It basically uses WiFi and Bluetooth to connect and transfer files between the devices. File transferred! It is wicked fast for small files like pictures and text files, however for much larger sized files, it does take a little time. This time, however, try doing it from a backup if you did it Mac-to-Mac the first time.
rebertata.tk Or try Target Disk Mode, as I mentioned. I used the migration assistant to try and install my backup files from a hard disk that was manually created not using Time Machine from my Macbook to a new High Sierra Macbook. Migration Assistant never stopped, even after letting it run overnight.
Then, after disconnecting, it appeared the hard disk was completely empty. Recovering my backup files from the hard disk by a computer repair shop, it took them 2 days to recover files but in such a way that these had lost both the directory structure as well as file names.
There are various points during the migration process where it may look like nothing is happening.