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Old Sep 15, 2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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Firewire Transfer (Old iMac to New iMac)

New iMac is arriving soon...

I've never used Firewire to transfer files before...

I'll be connecting:

An iMac 1.9 GHz PowerPC G5 (OS X 10.5.8)


An iMac 2.7 GHz Quard-Core Intel Core i5 (OS X 10.7)

This connection requires a 6 pin to 9 pin FireWire cable.
From what I read it sounds simple enough.

Connect Firewire. Restart Old iMac in Target Disk Mode (hold T).
Access external disk from New iMac. Transfer.

At this point I just want to make sure I transfer stuff the right way.
I'll be transferring files and folders such as:

iTunes, Documents, Photos, Movies, Mail, Applications, Games, Utilities, Etc.

I'm pretty sure I can use iTunes to select my iTunes Music folder...
File>Add to Library>iTunes Music Folder
This should add my entire collection, including movies, books, etc.?

When it comes to files and folders in Documents or Photos...
Can I just drag and drop these to their appropriate locations?

As for Applications & Utilities...
What is the best way to transfer these individually?

Obviously I don't want to move every item from my old iMac to my new iMac.
So I wouldn't want to just drag and drop things.
Plus additional folders for an application can exist else where.

I've been made aware of the lack of PowerPC support under OS X Lion.

I plan to download and re-instal major applications...
Like iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), Games (UrbanTerror), Etc.

Further help with Mail, RSS Feeds, Safari Bookmarks etc...

But again...

I really just want to ensure a safe and effective transfer of files from one iMac to the other. And I'm using Firewire because I'm under the impression it is the fast option I have to transfer a large amount of data. I would use Thunderbolt but my Old iMac doesn't have any sort of port.

Thanks for the help as it comes in...

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Old Sep 15, 2011, 10:09 AM   #2
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Just connect the two Macs as planned and use Migration Assistant to have it transfer your stuff for you.

This way you won't have to think about where to put things so that everything (like your iTunes library) works on the new machine.

It's easier to do it this way and delete stuff you don't need anymore afterwards.
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