moving ONLY music collection from old mac to new mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by neuroticomic, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. neuroticomic macrumors member

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    hi all
    just got a macbook.
    have an old ibook with 17gb of my music which i want on my new laptop.
    no ipod so thats not an option and migration assitant seesm to want to move EVERYTHING with no options for JUST my music files.

    so, how can i get my songs on my new macbook?
     
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  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Depends on your setup,

    If you have a network, you can copy the files over via the network.

    If you have a firewire cable you can boot the iBook into target disk mode and copy the files that way.

    Edit: Or failing that, burn to CDs/DVD
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I suggest getting a cheap FireWire cable and just moving over the iTunes folder from one machine to another using Target Disk Mode.

    What's wrong with migrating your entire user directory? :confused:
     
  5. neuroticomic thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks swift, but both of those options are way to confusing for me.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Target Disk Mode

     
  7. neuroticomic thread starter macrumors member

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    '

    i dont want anything but the itunes songs.

    i have a firewire cable.
    i tried the mirgation assitant, but it moved everything, so i had to start dfrom scratch.

    target disc mode sounds less confusing so ill try that.
    the target cpu is the one that will b e receiving the files right?
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You would boot the old iBook into Target Disk Mode and then just copy the iTunes folder from it like it was an external hard drive.

    I still don't see why you wouldn't want your user directory migrated over. I for one like the ability not to lose your Library and Desktop files/folders.
     
  9. neuroticomic thread starter macrumors member

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    the old one was bought used and it was mostly the other guys junk.

    so the ibook is the target cpu and my new one is the host?
    ill give it a whirl
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That is correct.

    It's just as simple as turning the iBook on and holding down the 'T' key until the FireWire icon shows up on the screen. Then you can just plug it into the new MacBook and drag over your folder from /Users/"Username"/Music.
     
  11. neuroticomic thread starter macrumors member

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    its rolling nicely
    thanks for the help
    i knew it couldnt be as hard as it was seeming.


    ive been usin macs since i switched from pc 4 years ago, but not a power user.
    so i might be using u a ot round here, now that i have decent updated machine

    thanks again.
    good karma for u.
     
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