How can I turn my Power PC 10.5 HDD into a 10.9 VM?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by mikeray, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. mikeray macrumors regular

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    I have 2004 Power Mac G5 that I want to turn into a Mavericks VM running on an external hdd.

    Can someone point me in the right direction if this is possible? I started out doing it this way:

    1. back up the power mac to an external hard drive using Time Machine

    2. create an 10.9 virtual machine in Parallels

    3. Use Migration Assistant to transfer the Home folder over (that's all I want, I don't need the Apps). At this point the migration assistant just suddenly quits, I cannot get past this point.


    I also tried to simple copy files over from the Time Machine backup to the VM, but I didn't have the correct permission, pretty frustrating!
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The VM would still be utilising the PowerPC G5 processor, so no, you can't run anything later than 10.5.8, even in a VM.
     
  3. mikeray thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't want to preserve anything but my Music folder (I have 18k songs) and some Documents.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Let me just tell you this:

    You cannot run anything later than 10.5.8 on a PowerPC Mac, even if it's in a virtual machine, regardless of whether the VM file is located internally or externally.

    This is because the VM would still be utilising the G5 processor.

    Scuttle your plans.
     

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