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Can I update a PPC Leopard drive to work in an Intel?

by toontra3 / December 29, 2009 7:08 AM PST

I'm thinking of moving from my trusty G5 PowerMac to a Mac Pro. I have a lot of things on there which i want to retain if at all possible as reinstalling everything would take literally days. Will there be any way of swapping the Leopard system drive over and updating it to work in an Intel machine?

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Your MacPro will come with Snow Leopard installed, if
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 8:16 AM PST

it is a new one.
Without changing the partition table on the G5 drive, it will not be able to boot the Intel machine, but, it will be recognized by the MacPro and data on it can be removed.

Perhaps the easiest way to do the migration would be to use the Migration Assistant.
This will launch the first time you start your new Mac and ask if there is anything that you would like to move from an old machine.
Say yes and follow the instructions.
You will need a Firewire cable to connect the G5 to the MacPro. If your G5 has a Firewire 800 port, I believe it has, you will need a Firewire 800 to Firewire 800 cable.
Start the G5 in Target Mode, "T" key on startup, and then select your Account from the window that appears. All your network setting and other preferences will be set, all applications that will run will be transferred, all your music, document, photo's, movies will also be transferred.

At the end of the move, which can take a while, your new Mac Pro will have everything that your G5 had, right down to the desktop picture.

How dat?


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3rd-party UB apps
by toontra3 / December 29, 2009 5:22 PM PST

That's brilliant. Thanks for the info. Although I've updated and moved OS's from machine to machine many times I've never used Migration Assistant for some reason. It sounds the perfect solution.

One last question. Many of the 3rd-party apps on the G5 will be in Universal Binary. At a guess, will many of these need to be re-installed do you think?

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Migration Assistant.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 8:48 PM PST
In reply to: 3rd-party UB apps

will move over anything, including applications, that will work in the Intel Mac.

When you first run one of those apps, the system may prompt you to install Rosetta. Allow it to do so, it's automatic and the system downloads it from the Apple site.

Don't reinstall anything until you have found which ones do not work.


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Will do.
by toontra3 / December 29, 2009 8:55 PM PST
In reply to: Migration Assistant.

Once again many thanks for the really helpful answers. Cheers.

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