transferring applications to a new Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gusmiami, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. gusmiami macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2003
    :confused: I have a simple question:
    Is it possible to transfer all the apps I have installed on my current i-Book to a new powerbook?
    (without reinstalling everything).

    Thanks in advanced for the reply
  2. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Step 1:

    Create a network.

    You will be able to access the files from the other computer and copy them.

    You will need a network cable and would need to make sure File Sharing is on on both computers.

    Enter the pass to the iBook and tada the hard drive awaits.

  3. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: transferring applications to a new Mac

    [edit: Yeah, use Firewire Disk Mode described in a later post]

    The easiest way to accomplish this and to keep a full copy of your primary computer is to use a utility like:

    CarbonCopyCloner which will make a backup image of your drive which can be restored and complete bootable.

    If you just copy the files over, it won't work as well.

    To actually get the CCC image over to the new computer, you'll need to connect the two computers somehow. You could use an external Firewire harddrive as a transport medium. Or you can connect the two comptuers with an ethernet cable, and copy files over that way.

    You may just be able to go to the Apple Store and ask one of the genius table people to help you. I'm not sure if they charge a fee for something like this.

  4. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    Caution: don't just move the Application over if the installer for the app puts files somewhere besides the Applications folder (ex. Help Files)
  5. tjwett macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    yeah, you could do the above with an ethernet cable, make sure it's a crossover cable. you should probably copy your Home folder over first. some apps detect when they are being copied between machines. if you have the same username and password on the new machine you might luck out though. if not, usually you can just re-enter the serial. good luck and enjoy.
  6. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    You could set up an Ethernet network as previously mentioned (and further described shortly), or you could make your other computer a hard drive using Firewire Target Disk Mode.

    Ethernet newtork: (credit to MacAddict)
    From OS X to OS X computer.

    (1) Start up both machines. Now, for both machines...:
    (2) Go into System Preferences.
    (3) Click the Sharing pane.
    (4) Give a unique name to each computer.
    (5) Click the Personal File Sharing box underneath the Services tab. (A series of visible processes will take place. Wait for them to finish.)
    (6) Go to the Network Pane.
    (7) In the Show menu, select Built-in Ethernet.
    (8) Close the System Preference window.
    Save all changes.

    Plug in your ethernet CO cable.

    On one computer, select the Finder. And go to the menu item:
    Go > Connect To Server

    If you do not see your other computer in the menu, confirm that you have followed each of these steps properly.
  7. Gus macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    Seems to me that FTDM is much easier. It's what I always use. Why not just go that way? Does the ethernet solution provide any advantages?

  8. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.

    I guess my method didn't have every step known to man...

    I feel useless somtimes...

    All of the above will work easily.

    yada yada have fun.
  9. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The ports are auto-sensing, so you don't need to use a crossover cable.

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