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Apple releases Migration and DVD/CD Sharing Update

updated 08:50 am EDT, Fri October 17, 2008

Apple Migration update

Apple has released a Migration DVD/CD Sharing Update that improves the performance of migrations performed over FireWire, Ethernet and wireless networks. The update also includes the previously-released DVD or CD Sharing Setup Update 1.0 software, which allows a computer to host a remote optical drive for MacBook Air systems.

On Mac OS X 10.4 systems, the 40MB update installs Migration Assistant 1.0.6, Mac OS X Remote Install 1.1 and DVD or CD Sharing; on computers with Mac OS X 10.5, users receive a smaller update in the form of Migration Assistant 1.2.3, Mac OS X Remote Install 1.1 and DVD or CD Sharing.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DDT_JMT

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does this mean I can use it on my new MacBook? Oh, wait - no FireWire, that's right.

    Please Apple - if I purchase a new MacBook (Pro is not PRO enough for the money so I will decline) I will no longer be able to use all my FireWire drives and accessories. That is such complete c*** and even Apple knows it.


  1. jbmelby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Certainly you can!

    The update allows migration, as the article says, using Firewire, Ethernet, or wireless networks. You don't even need a special Ethernet crossover cable, since you can make a direct connection between computers with a standard Ethernet cable. It's true that right now, at least, you can't use your Firewire drives and accessories, but I'd be very surprised if someone doesn't come out with some kind of adapter that will allow that within the next few weeks -- or even within the next few days.

  1. HombrePhaty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Welcome to our club

    DDT_JMT,Your frustration is an exciting part of being an Apple user/fanatic. Apple has always made bizarre decisions with their hardware... with every computer they have made(!) "It's missing ports." "It's smaller and more expensive than it should be." "I can't upgrade components." "I can't even open the thing." "It costs how much?" I have been with Apple since 1990, and I spent years (a decade) getting very worked up by Apple's "blunders". (They've had The Macintosh for 24 years and the best they can do is 8% marketshare? Embarrassing.) Now I try not to focus my energies on other, more important matters.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FireWire Free?

    FireWire cut from the latest MacBook is stunning. Especially because the MacBook, according to Apple, is their best selling Mac EVER.

    FireWire is one of the great technologies that sets Macs apart from generic PCs.

    Apple released the first Macbook Pro without FireWire 800. Customers complained, they put it back in Rev.B.

    If it's a matter of space, I'd trade one USB port for FireWire.

    Complain to Apple. I already have.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FW to USB

    There are plenty of FireWire to USB cables, just Google it. They're just cables, no power of big boxes in the middle

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: FW to USB

    Um, no there isn't. Otherwise all the people on MacInTouch talking about how there's no adapters would be in serious need of Google help. And those people are a lot smarter than anyone on macNN.

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Didn't you all see this coming... I did.

    I agree... Firewire runs laps around USB... but you could tell it was a matter of time for it to disappear since all those boring beige boxes running windoze out there were not using it.

    I began buying external drives that had firewire and USB ports. That way, you can use the Firewire with your existing computers and then use the USB if you get a new Mac that doesn't have it. Also, if you have friends and customers like me that you do work for and you bring drives to their businesses and houses to use on their equipment, you can't expec them all to have firewire on their systems either.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FW-USB = slow

    Firewire is so much more efficient an interface than USB for large data transfers that using a USB-FW adapter, if you could find one, would suck dirty swamp water through a used oil filter.

    No firewire, no ESATA, no Expresscard... no expansion. Goes along with the no-button trackpad, I guess.

  1. ERG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Testudo on USB to FW

    "Um, no there isn't. Otherwise all the people on MacInTouch talking about how there's no adapters would be in serious need of Google help. And those people are a lot smarter than anyone on macNN."

    Probably they're smarter than you..

    And you and MacinTouch guys can find many more googling the right way..

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: RE: USB to FW

    Here are some more on eBay:

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