A common question that our customers have had over the years is how to use your Mac and an HDMI cable to transfer data from one device to another. This can be useful if you want to transfer some information from your computer onto a TV or monitor so that other people in the room can view it, if you want to transfer files from one Mac computer to another, or if you want to send files from your computer to other devices like phones and tablets. So how do you do this? Here’s what you need to know!
Connect your Apple device
Plug your Apple device into a TV with an HDMI input. Turn on your Apple device and use AirPlay Mirroring or the TV’s built-in screen mirroring feature if it has one. Connect your computer to the TV with an HDMI cable. On a Mac, go to System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement tab, then select Mirror Displays from the drop-down menu.
Go into Disk Utility
1. Open Disk Utility (located in Applications > Utilities)
2. Select your hard drive from the list on the left
3. Click Erase in the middle, then type a name for your external hard drive in the Name field
4. Check Master Boot Record and click Erase
5. After it has finished erasing, close out of Disk Utility
Erase the destination disk
If you’re running out of space on your hard drive, you can use a mac and an HDMI cable to transfer data from one computer to another. Plug the mac’s display port into the hdmi port on the other device. Run Disk Utility from the Applications folder, select the destination disk in its list, then click Erase. This will erase all of the files on that disk so make sure you back up any files first.
Select your source disk
Then select the disk that contains the data you want to transfer on your computer. Insert a blank DVD into your CD/DVD burner drive. Connect the cable from your computer’s HDMI port to the input on your TV or display. Switch over to the correct input source on your TV or display (for example, if you’re using a TV, switch it from TV mode to HDMI).
Select your destination disk
If you have a large amount of data to transfer from your Mac, then the best way is by using a USB cable. However, if you are short on USB ports or need more bandwidth than a USB 2.0 connection can provide, then use an HDMI cable for optimal speed and performance.
Connect one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on your computer, and connect the other end into any free port on your TV or monitor.
To transfer data from your computer to your TV, you’ll need an HDMI cable. Connect one end of the cable into a port on the back of your computer or laptop, and then connect the other end into a port on the TV. You can then select the input on your TV using its remote control, which will likely be labeled HDMI. At this point, you’ll see a list of files on your computer’s desktop appear in place of whatever was previously showing on your TV.
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