Dumb-A$$ Questions About Data Transfer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tradescant, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. tradescant macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2006

    Newbie so please be gentle ....nah, what the heck, flame away!

    Running an iMac G5 PPC and about to buy a MacBook. I'm fairly confident that I can copy data and software from the iMAC to the MacBook by connecting the two with an ethernet cable when I first get the MacBook.

    Thing is I don't want to copy **everything** across. For example Photoshop can happily stay justy on the iMac as I'll continue to use that and its big screen for photo-editing.

    So... is it possible to be selective about what is copied over or is it all or nothing?

    One other dumb question - can I hook the MacBook up to the iMac and, well for arguments sake, have email on the MacBook display and Photoshop on the iMac (forget the technical name for this functionality)?


  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Using the Migration Assistant when you first set up your MacBook will allow you to transfer your current user's data across, but (even though that gives you *some* control over what to copy) that's probably more than you want. I'd say the best way to go would be to just use Personal File Sharing (in System Preferences > Sharing) to share between the two machines and move over the documents/apps you want on your own.

    As for using the iMac as a monitor for your MacBook, no, you can't do that. The iMac can connect to an external display (as can the MacBook), but neither can act as a display for another computer.
  3. wildmac macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    If you boot the iMac in target-disk mode, (holding down the T at boot), you can connect it to the Macbook as a firewire drive, and copy over what you need. If you have a lot of data to transfer, that will be faster than via file sharing.
  4. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Can (but its kinda slow and needs a network). VNC it (ScreenRecycer on MacBook, etc).
  5. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    Migration Assistant only transfers over your user account (files, settings). It does not transfer applications IIRC
  6. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    You can choose what it will transfer.


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