Best way to transfer files to new iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by imacfreak85, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. imacfreak85 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2007
    I currently have a G5 tower. Just bought the new iMac, waiting for it to arrive. I currently have 3 HDs, two inside the G5 and one in an external case. I know you can hook up two Macs via firewire, but does that allow you to transfer just files? I've never done it before, so I dont even know how it works. I just want to transfer my stuff, I want to keep the fresh system on the new iMac though.
  2. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    I attempted to do it between my old iMac G3 and my brand new iMac. Target disk transfer didn't work because the old HDD is PATA (IDE) while the new one is SATA.
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    hey again. haha.

    tranfsering with firewire by restarting and holding down "T" will bring up your Mac HD, basically whatever you can see on your G5's HD will appear on the imac via firewire. you can copy whatever you want.

    another (slower) option could be to use ethernet, gigabit ethernet wouldnt be that bad compared to firewire actually.

    both these methods wouldnt jeopardise your new OS.
  4. coolgames macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2004
    Just connect Firewire...

    Got my wife MacBook and she connected her iBook by Firewire when first turning on and it asked to mirror on new MacBook. Whole Identity migrated.
    Then as mentioned migrate uncopied date using target disk (T while powerup)

    Good luck...

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