Help: Copying Software/Cloning HD from old G4 to a G5

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bcpursel, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. bcpursel macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
    i have a G4 (currently running OSX 10.3.9) and am purchasing a used G5 Dual Core. I'd like to not have to re-install ALL my software, email accounts, browsers/bookmarks, drivers, itunes library, etc.

    obviously transferring data isn't any concern.
    i've got a 320 external firewire drive.

    is it possible to just clone the drive to the G5 and have everything ready to go, just as i have it now on my G4?

    seems like it makes sense, but i'm not exactly sure how to go about doing that, or know what the reliability is in replacing the files on the G5. i heard about SuperDuper! - but i'm not sure if that's the best thing?

    i can install OSX 10.4 to match up so they both have the same OS, since i will be getting the original install disks with the G5.

    any advice? walk me through how i can do it and if there are any problems with not actually re-installing everything fresh.

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    1. You can't clone over to the Dual Core G5 since it needs 10.4.3.
    2. Use Migration Assistant when you get the new machine.

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