Transfering data from old to new Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iSteve Jobs, May 14, 2005.

  1. iSteve Jobs macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2005
    What is the best way to transfer all of your information from an old computer to a new computer? Other then throwing everything on your iPod then switching it to your new computer, are there any other shortcuts?
  2. mcmav37 macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    If your old computer has Firewire, connect the two with a FW cord, restart the old one holding down T (correct me if I'm wrong, anyone) and it will boot in "target disk" mode and show up on your new computer as a FW drive. Then, you can just drag across all the stuff you want at very high transfer rates.
  3. iSteve Jobs thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2005
    Excellent, thanks for the heads up.

    Any other info out there?
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Welcome to the forum iSteve

    Generally, you will get the best quality advice if you include your current and former machines models and specifications. Good thread title though - wish every new member was as clear in their titles.

    Moving data from one Mac to a new Mac.

    The easiest way by far if your previous Mac was on OSX is to use the Setup Assistant that is built into the new Mac's OSX setup -- you connect the two Macs by a Firewire cable, and put the old one into Firewire Target Disk Mode by rebooting the Mac and holding down the T key until the firewire logo appears on the screen. This transfers your OS X identity, mail, documents, and everything in your User folder.

    If your previous Mac is OS9 and has Firewire:

    You can do the same Firewire Target Disk mode, after you have OSX set up on the new machine, and the old one will appear on the desktop just like a firewire hard disk. You then move your materials to the new machine by dragging them onto your new drive. I suggest setting up a "From Old Mac" folder to put them into first, so you don't accidentally overwrite anything on the new Mac that you should have kept. PS The Library, System, User and other folders that OSX has installed on your drive (and the respective folders within those) should NOT be renamed, overwritten or moved. OSX expects to see things in their correct places.

    You can do file transfer over an Ethernet network if your old Mac is not within Firewire-cable range or doesn't have Firewire. Or you can string a Cat5 Ethernet cable between the two machines for a one-on-one network. You have to take the additional step of creating a shared folder on the new machine to dump the info into from the old. This is easiest if you turn on Appletalk first on the new machine under the Network Preference Pane: Built-In Ethernet settings.

    The tricky bits are putting the things in the right places. This depends mostly on which programs you have - Mail->mail, web browser-> web browser etc.. That's too much to go into here, but there are lots of resources on the Web,

    Mac OS X 10.3: Transferring data with Setup Assistant frequently asked questions (FAQ)

    Mac OS: Moving files from your older Macintosh to a new one

    In general, your documents should go in your Documents folder in your home folder, and other programs like Mail have some import routines if you have to bring in data. If you are going OSX to OSX you can often get away with putting some of the special data files (Calendar, mail) directly into the Library or User:Library folder places they came from the old machine.

    You can also search within the MacRumors forum where this has been discussed before:
  5. iSteve Jobs thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2005
    Sweet, good info all around.

    For the record, I am going from an 800 MHZ iMac G4 to a 20 inch 2.0 GHZ iMac Rev B...just waiting for it to finally get here!!!!!! Upgraded the RAM to 1GB and also threw in the wireless keyboard and mouse, guessing the RAM is causing the hold up.
  6. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

    crap freakboy

    Jul 17, 2002
    nar in Gainsborough, me duck
    yeah please use search, I know sometimes the number of results can be rather overwhelming but at least try, or google it. Its amazing (and very irritating) how many times the same old questions are asked week in week out. Help is always given but thats not the point, the search function is there to reduce multiple threads.
  7. iSteve Jobs thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2005
    Sounds good freak, I'll use search as well. Still learning the ropes!

    I never post on message boards, so I'll have some "newbie" mistakes here and there.

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