Migrating data from PPC to Intel iMac

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  1. Kuska macrumors regular

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    New Alu 2.8GHz iMac arrives very soon - very exciting:D

    In the past, I've used firewire and the migrate assistant to move user setting, profiles, mail accounts etc etc and this has always been from PPC to PPC based machines.

    I'll admit that I don't know if this is a valid question, but is there any particular information/data that needs to be updated manually or downloaded as a new universal/intel file in order to optimise performance on my new machine ? I dont want to bog the new Imac down with PPC optimised files.

    I recognise that I may not even notice a performance issue but just want to keep the new machine as 'clean' as possible.
     
  2. devman macrumors 65816

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    Don't migrate /Applications. Re-install universal versions of your apps and you should be fine.
     
  3. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    Ditto devman. After your transfer, you can look at the Activity Monitor to track down any stray PPC programs.
     
  4. Kuska thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that - now I'll know how to check - will run clean installs of applications and just transfer user data.

    Kuska
     
  5. macffooky macrumors regular

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    Be careful not to carry over any PPC contextual items plugins.
     
  6. Kuska thread starter macrumors regular

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    :confused:See now this is where I just don't currently have the knowledge or time - think I'll just carry out a clean install and just copy over mail accounts and safari bookmarks - may take longer but at least I'll know what I have and haven't got.

    Thanks Macffooky you just made my decision extremely easy.:D
     
  7. macffooky macrumors regular

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    Kuska, have a look at this. I'm afraid I can't remember exactly how I migrated but I do remember checking this guide out beforehand. It still might be worth avoiding a complete reinstall :)
     
  8. Kuska thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks - read through the article and it's really explanatory - have a much better understanding now. Looking forward to getting the new intel setup.

    Kuska
     
  9. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    I used migration assistant to go from PPC -> Intel, and let it transfer everything (including apps), and had no problems. I just went and upgraded any PPC apps to Universal versions (if they existed) before I started running anything.
     
  10. macftwin macrumors newbie

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    Same here. I went from my Tibook to my MacbookPro and did the exact same and had no problems at all. As updates to certain programs etc (CS3 so on and so forth) became available I switched them out. You shouldn't have any sort of problems.
     

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