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What's the procedure for starting up my Mac Book as a firewire hard drive?

I want to transfer files onto my new Mac Book. Does anyone know how to make it act like a fire wire hard drive so I can just drop file onto it from my old computer?

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Restart and hold the 'T' key to boot in 'Target disc mode' How to use FireWire target disk mode.

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If your Powerbook is unable to boot into OS X and you need to recover the files that are on the internal hard drive, you can boot the Powerbook into "Target Disk Mode" and transfer the files via firewire cable to another Mac. To do this do the following.
  1. With both Macs off connect them with a firewire cable.
  2. Turn on the Powerbook and hold down the "T" during startup.
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