How to migrate from HD G4 to HD + SSD iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pterosaur, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. pterosaur macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2010
    My new i5 quad core iMac with HDD and SSD arrives today, to take over from my old mirror-drive G4 tower running Tiger. I gather that the SSD should be used primarily for OS and programs, HDD for data files. I suppose that when I use Migration Assistant everything will go to the SSD. Am I right? And once things get there, can I just drag and drop data folders to the HDD and expect that the applications that created them will find them there? The last computer I had with multiple drives was my old OS/2 box; not sure how OS X would handle them.

  2. pterosaur thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2010
    Another possible approach?

    Or should I migrate to the HDD, then just drag the applications folder to the SSD? Seems that would probably cause problems with settings, unless they are transferred in a sepatate step with a different target.
  3. pterosaur thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2010

    I talked with an Apple tech rep today. He said that using Migration Assistant directly from Tiger/PPC to Intel iMac sometimes failed to transfer data files. (Our daughter ran into this problem.) He said to make a clone of the G4 HDD on an external HDD, migrate from that to the iMac (after disconnecting from G4 I suppose), then drag and drop data files from SSD to HDD on the iMac. Another column I found said that when the iMac boots up for the first time it asks for an admin name and password; don't give it the old one--give it a new one (you may need a second or third one anyway). Then when the clone is migrated, the old user names etc. come with; otherwise not.

    iMac arrived today; right now I am defragging the G4 HDD prepartory to making a clone.

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