Migrate Leopard to Mavericks?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cosmichobo, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. cosmichobo macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2006

    I'm trying to migrate my data using Migration Assistant from a G5 PowerMac running 10.5.8 to an iMac Core2Duo running Mavericks...

    And it says that the G5 system is too old...

    I know we're talking PPC vs Intel here, but I'm sure you could use Migration Assistant to go from 10.5. to 10.6, so... why not 10.5 to 10.9??


  2. Mr-Kerrse macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I migrated from my G5 Imac to my mid-2010 imac when i bought it but that was tiger on the g5 to leopard on the imac.

    It may be to big a jump for it to deal with now :confused:


  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Personally, I think you may be better off just manually installing your apps, and pulling the data over manually.

    If MA is saying the G5 is too old, then I think you'll need to bite the bullet.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'd have to agree with the above post that recommends that you do a "manual migration" -- that is, "hand copy" the things you want to move over.

    Since the g5 is a PowerMac, the internal hard drive should be easily removable, and it's SATA, right?

    If this is the case, you might consider physically removing the drive from the g5, and putting it into a USB3/SATA docking station to get at your stuff. To see what these gadgets are, go to amazon and enter "usb3 sata dock" in the search box. You'll get many hits -- they can be found for as little as $20.

    Put the bare drive into the dock, then connect it to the new iMac.
    It should mount on the desktop, then giving you access to the contents.
    If you get any permissions errors, click ONE time on the drive icon, then at the bottom of the Get Info box, unlock the lock and check the box to "ignore ownership on this volume".

    Insofar as moving items in your home folder is concerned, you face some limitations. That is:
    - You CANNOT simply copy the folders such as "music", "movies", "pictures", "documents", etc., BUT
    - You CAN copy the -contents- of those folders (including nested folders and their contents), in most cases.

    For moving applications, your best course of action is to do an assessment of which apps on the g5 are PowerPC-based, and which are "Universal Binary". There's no point in trying to move the PPC-based apps, they won't run. For the UB apps, it might be worth doing a "clean install" of these onto the new iMac, instead of trying to "migrate" them.

    To see which apps are PPC and UB, run the Apple System Profiler. Click on "applications", and in the upper right, choose to sort by type. NOTE: This only works if Spotlight is enabled.

    For your accounts, again it might be best to "start fresh".

    All of this is more work than a simple migration using MIgration Assistant, but again, it will probably be worth your time and trouble...

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