A few people have written me over the past week to point out that I could have saved myself a lot of time when I transferred files over to my new Mac laptop. Standards and accessibility warrior DeWayne Purdy was one of the first, and wrote:
…there’s a better way than ethernet to transfer files between two Macs, using Target Disk Mode. Connect the two Macs together with a firewire cable, with one Mac on and the second one off. Then turn the second Mac on and hold down on the T key. A firewire symbol will come up on the screen of the second Mac, and the HD name will show up on the first Mac, just like it’s an external hard drive. The files can then be transferred at firewire speeds, much faster than via ethernet. (These are condensed instructions, I’d look up the full instructions before doing it… there’s a few little, but important, details, like making sure you drag the icon of the second Mac to the trash before disconnecting or shutting it down).
So I looked up the full instructions, and here they are. They’re not much longer than DeWayne’s summary, actually.