How to transfer files from old G3 to iMacG5

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have an old Power Mac G3 266 Mhz that, originally didn't have any USB ports. I upgraded the G3 to a 500 Mhz processor and added 2 USB ports. Note: there is no Fire Wire on this old G3. Now, I just bought an iMac G5 20". Here's the question: How do I transfer all my important files from the G3 to the iMac G5?? Do I have to buy an external hard drive that has SCSI connectivity, and then transfer the files from A to B to C? Or, is there any other way to do it? Please keep in mind, I am not a techie, so keep it simple!
    Thanks!!
     
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    maya

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    All you need is the Firewire cables attached from the imac to your powerbook start up the powerbook in firewire mode hold command T and sync.

    When you start up your iMac for the first time it should give you the option to do this.
     
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    advres

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    Does your old G3 have a ethernet port? Why not network them together via an ethernet cable and just copy files over that way?
     
  4. Moderator emeritus

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    FFS: Read the post.
    No firewire...

    You could try an A-A USB cable like this althought it might be really slow... haven't used one myself so no personal guarantee.

    Or you could take the G3s IDE hard-drive out, put it into a firewire enclosure (case) and connect it that way.
     
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    tdhurst

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    Ethernet port

    Just buy an ethernet cable.
    Network the two together.
    Drag and drop.
    Done.
     
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    Windowlicker

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    Yes, definitely go with Ethernet. Just turn on file sharing on the iMac and connect the G3 to it --> drag and drop.

    If this gets too complicated, you can always get a firewire PCI-card for your G3 and start up the iMac in target disc mode (by pressing T on startup) and it will mount the iMac's HD on your G3 --> drag and drop.

    You should be fine with the first option though.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    try ethernet, but be sure to get a crosslink cable, MacOSX says it doesn't need crossed anymore, but I had some trouble with that so to be on the safe side ;)I think your ethernet on the G3 is still10Mbps so it will be as fast (or slow) as USB I guess...

    or get an enclosure for the drive, but I do remember the G3 cases to be somewhat annoying to open and remove a drive...

    or third option: do you know anyone who has a USB1.1/2 external drive?
    just use that one for the transfer, so youdon't need to buy anything (exept some beers as thank you ;) )

    PS: your iMac has no SCSI so buying a SCSI drive would be a waste of money...
     
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    AmigoMac

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    You could get an USB floppy reader and transfer your files via floppy disks...
    ;) J/K

    Ethernet is the solution.
     

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