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by Wimm7 / September 19, 2010 3:55 AM PDT


I have a MBP 2.16 ghz core2duo leopard 10.5.8, which I use mainly for schoolwork(I'm a teacher), recently I bought an Imac G5(tiger10.4) so I would have more space on my desk, I tried to move files etc. over to the iMac (firewire) and found out that newer software does not transfer to an older version and I ordered an install DVD to put leopard on the iMac, can I use the migration option to get files over to the iMac after the leopard install or do I have to update leopard first to get it at the same level as my MBP?

Thanks for your help


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Your iMac G5 will never be on the same level as the MBP.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 19, 2010 7:16 AM PDT
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The difference is in the processors. Intel on the MBP and PPC on the iMac.

All is not lost though, your files (data that you created yourself like word documents, photos, music, spreadsheets, etc. ) will make the journey reasonably well.

Applications, on the other hand, will not always make the trip successfully. This is because the code is different for an Intel machine than it is for the PPC machine.
Some software is Universal Binary, which means it will run on either machine, but a lot of software is not written exclusively for the Intel processor. (Makes sense as Apple no longer sell any machines with PPC processors.

That said, there is a distinct possibility that a lot of your applications will run on the G5.
Migration assistant will move everything that can run, over to the G5 but does not always get it completely right.

Upgrade the G5 to 10.5.8 first and then try the move. If there is nothing worth saving on the G5, erase the drive and install 10.5.8 and then follow the Migration Assistants directions at first boot up.


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Getting it close to right
by Wimm7 / September 19, 2010 10:47 AM PDT

After I erase the hard drive on the G5 and install leopard, the install is 10.5.2 and not 10.5.8 (yet) will migration assistant still work? (since the target os is at a lower level)

The biggest concern is to get all my files and programs to run on the G5 the same way as I have it on the MBP, I mainly use iWorks for the files, so I do not see a problem there, just getting them moved over(and working/recognizing) is where I feel worrisome or should I sell the G5 and look for an Intel based iMac and if I do that, will I still have the challenge with moving everything before leopard is 10.5.8?



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Yes, the migration assistant will work,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 19, 2010 9:56 PM PDT

even though you have two different versions of the OS.

With the Migration Assistant, assuming you check all the boxes for all the accounts, will leave you with a machine that is laid out exactly the same as the MBP, right down to the icon placements.

As for selling the G5, they were not the best iMacs that Apple produced but if you have a good one it will last for a long time.

Go ahead and do the install and migration, you have nothing to lose even if you decide to look for an Intel iMac further down the road.

Let us know how you got on


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