best way to transfer files from old imac

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have an old iMac from late 2004 with OS X 10.3.9. with quite a lot of files and want to transfer the files to a new iMac 21.5

    thanks for any tips as to the best way to do this!

    Many thanks
     
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    McGiord

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    Boot the old Mac in target disk mode. Connect it to the new Mac with a FireWire cable, you should see the old Mac's Hard Drive as an external FireWire hard disk in the new Mac. Then copy whatever you need.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    best way to transfer files from old imac

    Thanks

    Further question - what type of FireWire cable do I need? The old imac and the new have different ports..

    txs
     
  5. Guest

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    I used Migration Assistant; it was painless.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Firewire 400 (6-pin) to Firewire 800 (9-pin) cable:
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  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    best way to transfer files from old imac

    Muchas gracias, many thanks, much appreciated!
     

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