Moving HD from G5 1.6 to either G5 Quad or Mac Pro

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by docdvm, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. docdvm macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2007
    When upgrading my G5 I simply backed up the old drive to the neww 500 gig drive in bay 2 and then switched them. Could I just switch it to a Quad and the voila! it works? Could it be that simple or will I need to reinstall all the software?

    What about installing the drive into a Macpro? Could I just place it in a bay and then run all my programs, like Photoshop, Imageprint, and Office?
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    If you're going from a G5 to a Mac Pro then you'll definitely want to reinstall everything. The Intel machines use a different boot partitioning and the Tiger install you buy in shops or that came on iMac G5s does not have the Intel stuff.

    The easiest and best bet would be to use firewire and target disk mode. Plug in a firewire cable to the iMac G5 and the new machine and hold "T" on the G5 as you turn it on. It should then start up in target disk mode and appear as an external firewire hard drive on the new Mac.
  3. docdvm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2007
    Can I drag and drop the programs to install

    If going with firewire could I then just drag and drop applications to install to the intel Mac? You did suggest that I wold need to reinstall the software but I am just confirming that there is no easier way. In the case of the Quad, could I not just install the 500 gig HD into the open bay in the Quad and then drag the applications to the apllications folder, thus intalling photoshop, imageprint, Capture One and Office. I can install these applications from scratch except for Photoshop which I can't find!!!! Hope it shows up soon as I cannot find the original disk. The upgrade to CS2 was done online.

    I guess the simplest and best way would be to get the clean drive and install the software from scratch. Bakup my data to my external HD and then install and clean the old drive in the new computer, right. From there I can copy over my data files.

    Would that work for the Mac Pro too?
  4. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2006
    You should be able to put the drive from the G5 into one of the extra drive bays of the Quad or the Mac Pro. I don't know if you could even boot the Quad from this disk. In the Mac Pro booting certainly won't work due to the PPC operating system and the different partition schemes.

    Regardless of connecting it internally or via firewire, you can at least copy some of your Applications from the old disk to the new one by moving them in the finder. However that might not work for all of them, because some tend to install files in other locations as well. Depending on how essential those are they won't work on the new machine and need to be reinstalled. I guess Office might work, for the Adobe apps I am not so sure. In addition there might arise a problem with the product activation of the Adobe apps. I would definitly deactivate them before removing the disk from the old G5 and reactivate them after the installation on the new machine.

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