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What is the easiest and safest way to transfer all Quicken files from one Mac to another Mac that already has Quicken on it? Firewire and target disk work?

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What's "Quicken"? OS X software? – Juri Sep 15 '09 at 15:09
@Juri: Quicken is accounting software made by Intuit. – Chealion Sep 15 '09 at 16:07
@Chealion: Wha is Intuit? :P – OscarRyz Sep 15 '09 at 16:20
@Oscar Reyes: The company who caused my Twitter feed to be filled with "I'm deleting my account from"? ;-) – Chealion Sep 16 '09 at 3:58

Depending on the size of file you could even email it to yourself or take it on a USB key if that's a necessary option - but across the network will suffice and is usually the quickest and easiest option unless the file is extremely large (>2GB or so - whenever sneaker net can be faster)

Big warning however:

Quicken Data files use their Resource Fork to store information. If you use a tool to move the file that does not support resource forks or copy the file to a place that does not keep resource forks around(1). The Finder, and your standard cp, mv, rsync on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher do support resource forks thankfully.

1 - Mac OS X attempts to keep resource forks around by making a separate file with a ._ in front of the filename.

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I can't think of another way that would be faster. Of course you need to be sure to check the Read/Write attributes of the file after the xfer. And I would run a Permissions repair after the xfer to make sure those are correct.

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What permissions repair? If you mean the one from disk utility that will not look at data files - just files that have receipts from the installer. – Mark Sep 16 '09 at 9:43

A single network cable should work. You should get gigabit ethernet (1000kb/s). Also, I don't believe that you need a crossover cable with gigabit.

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