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Transfer data from old iMac new iMac

by djohlson / March 4, 2010 9:09 PM PST

Want to transfer data from iMac G5 to new iMac Intel 10.6. I have ethernet connection. Not sure the next step. Thanks.

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Migration Assistant
by Kevin M. Dean / March 5, 2010 2:53 AM PST

If you want all of your user files and preferences, go to /Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant and then follow the instructions given by the app.

Otherwise you would need to turn on File Sharing in the Sharing System Preference to copy files directly.

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Migration Assistant
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 5, 2010 3:25 AM PST
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has a problem with transferring to another computer when the user has already created an account on the new machine, especially if the username is the same.

It returns an error indicating that it cannot transfer everything because the account already exists.

Better to wipe the new machine and start again. When asked if you have data to move from an old machine, answer Yes and follow the instructions. All data that can be moved, will be, and all the accounts that existed on the old machine will be recreated on the new machine


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Transfer data from old iMac new iMac
by djohlson / March 7, 2010 11:45 PM PST
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Having trouble with migration. I have a iMac, G5, OS 10.4.11. If I use ethernet, the new Intel says put in disk 1 from new Intel to my old G5. When I do that, old compt says can't do it because my G5 doesn't have Intel.
Also, tried wireless and can't seem to connect. But the old G5 (I'm typing on it with you) does have the wireless connection and works well.
I think I need to check my Verizon wireless provider. But what I really want to do (besides get on the internet) is to transfer my files from my HD and an external drive to my new Intel so I can use Time Machine. I emptied my External Drive info to make room for Time Machine. If I replace data back to my ED could I think transfer it to either the HD or desktop on my Intel and then use Time Machine to backup?

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Data Migration
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 8, 2010 4:58 AM PST

The very best time to do Data Migration is the first time you fire up you new machine and reach the point where it asks "do you have any data to transfer from another Mac?"

Run the Data Migration tool again, on the new Mac, and follow the instructions. It should not be asking for any disks.
Make sure that the G5 is in Target Mode, start it up with the "T" key held down until you see the Firewire symbol.
Now connect the ethernet cable.

The G5 should mount on the desktop and the Migration tool should continue to function.

this has nothing to do with your Wireless provider. The new mac and old mac are joined directly with the ethernet, or Firewire, cable.

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If you've made the mistake of using the same user name....
by lanny3 / March 9, 2010 8:35 AM PST
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If you've made the mistake of using the same user name before attempting your migration. It's a mistake because the migration is done by user name, if they're the same it's an obvious conflict.

But instead of wasting time by wiping the drive and starting over, just add a new different admin user to new mac, logout and login to that new user and then delete your original user name. Then perform the migration from your old machine of your old user name to the new machine. When you're done logon to your old user name and delete the unused new user name.

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Transferring data from old mac to new
by GFW / March 12, 2010 10:35 AM PST

When you first turn on your new Mac, it offers to transfer your data. If you follow the prompts, it will not only transfer, but configure your new Mac the way you like it.

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(NT) Bit late now and already noted
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 12, 2010 9:53 PM PST
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Will it transfer and RUN applications like Appleworks, etc?
by JessGless / October 26, 2010 3:46 AM PDT


Will this migration process actually migrate my old iMac (OS 10.4) applications and run them as well? My new Mac Mini is running OS 10.6.4.

I have no iLife OR iWorks that came with my Mac Mini. I do have Appleworks 6.2.2, PhotoShop 7.0.1, MS Off X (or 10 if you prefer), and several other applications that I want to work until I can afford to get them upgraded.

If this is all possible it would be a boon to me as my old iMac runs for a couple of hours, seems to over heat, and shuts down.



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The Migration Assistant
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 26, 2010 4:33 AM PDT

will transfer those programs that will run on the new Mac.

Appleworks will definitely run, Photoshop also.

As already noted further up the thread, this process is best down before you configure the new machine.
That said, you can use the tool after you have begun to use the new machine, you just need to tell the MA not to move your accounts. (It's a check box thing)


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Will it transfer and RUN applications
by JessGless / October 26, 2010 4:53 AM PDT


Thanks for the info. I appreciate the quick reply and the help.

Now to round up a Fire Wire cable OR to use my old cross over cable.


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