FireWire target disk mode to the rescue
Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:07 AM
Target Mode is one of the greatest "Mac tricks", I've shown this to tech savvy Windows friends and they've been blown away at how convenient and powerful this is.
(But in part it derives from the -markedly superior- way that MacOS, from the very beginning, has handled disks. I can't believe Windows users still have to worry about 'network drive mapping' and FLOPPY DRIVE LETTERS like C:!"
Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:22 AM
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:34 AM
tar -cpf ~/Public/iChat.app.tar /Applications/iChat.app
Then make sure sharing is on on your computer, then browse your public directory on her computer and grab the .tar and extract it on her computer. :)
Done and done. I agree with a neat reminder of a great feature Apple has implemented (but is now phasing out without a firewire port!) but this could have been done 10 ways without a DVD and without firewire mode.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:47 AM
I now have a macbook without a firewire and seriously considered the updated white macbook. In the end, I came to the conclusion that Apple/Steve has decided and we all more or less have to follow! I complained bitterly about the loss of the floppy and never missed it once it was gone. I also almost blew up when they dropped the internal modem on laptops and immediately bought the usb dongle which I used about once.
I DO believe that I will miss the target mode more so is there a way to use ethernet and as some kind of target ethernet? I presume no or else the helpful writers at macworld would have written about it, but one can always ask...
Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:57 AM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:52 AM
Well, I would not go as far as to make that statement. Wintel PCs have since Windows XP all been running a version of Windows NT. NT is not built on the MS-DOS core; those versions of Windows ceased development with embarrassment that was Windows Me. For reasons that seem to defy logic, or to retain compatibility for MS-DOS-based systems, Microsoft chose to retain the archaic letter assignment scheme for storage devices. Part of this also perhaps comes from the very different philosophies underlying the development of Windows and the Mac OS.
Windows sees storage devices (e.g., drives) regardless of whether or not media is mounted; hence the reason you see DVD RW Drive (E:) even when no disc is in the drive. The Mac OS sees mounted volumes (e.g., discs), so empty drives are not shown to the user unless the user goes out of their way to see what devices OS X recognizes as being attached to their Mac. The benefits of the latter over the former are obvious given that your Mac will never show you a drive that you cannot work with in a Finder sidebar, the Volumes folder or on the Desktop.
As to DOS not being a true computer operating system, I cannot fully agree. While quite limited having been designed for far less powerful PCs, MS-DOS?or any Disk Operating System?may not have the system-wide functionality of a modern operating system, but it was indicative of the time in which it was developed and the limitations of the systems for which it was developed.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:57 AM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 11:10 AM
The second time was two-fold: my Macbook refused to start up after a corruption of a system file, and I wanted a bigger drive. The Macbook would come up in TDM and all the disk utilities could be run and showed the drive physically fine. So I swapped in the new drive, installed Leopard, and put the old drive into a USB case (the TDM mode used here was really only testing, I guess, but I did make some data backups using TDM on the macbook from the mini - in case the next step failed). From there I once again pulled in my id and all my data in the regular fashion, and again it worked just fine. The only problem with anything I have using this is that it requires a re-install of the VPN software, which must modify the kernel as simply pulling across that doesn't work.