Old (machine) to New (machine)

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by gallagb, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. gallagb macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    ok- so i've got kinda an odd situation

    but- i've got a PB G4 Rev C
    and a new Mac Mini

    the mini is all set up the way i want it
    the PB rev C has a clean slate

    basically i want to copy the Mini setup over to the PB
    as i'm plannin on gettin rid of the mini-

    question- when you clean install on a machine
    it asks you if you want to 'copy stuff from another machine'

    is that just drag and drop using the firewire connection?
    does it really go through the other machine and kinda 'clone' it onto the new machine-
    ie- preference files, specific desktop images, 3rd party lil gimiks (konfibulator, real player, divix...etc)

    i realize in the end it won't really matter as if i wanna do it i'll have to go through it- but i'm courious which way it works so i know how much effort this'll take

  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    I believe the program that asks if you want to copy is going to copy over all your preferences, and maybe your programs too, but mainly I think it brings over your home folders with all the documents and the preferences for your apps. I don't know, its only a guess, and if this is Apple's preference mover, just look it up on their website for what it moves. Draging and droping over firewire manually can have its ups and downs, like you can pick what you want to bring over, but it takes time to do it.
  3. iEric macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2003
    the program is easier than drag and drop. tells you step by step what to do and asks u want you want ... user prefs, apps, etc. and all you have to do is click on a box and TADA! you're off!
  4. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL

    Just curious, why are you getting rid of the mini...you coudn't have had it very long.
  5. gallagb thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    it's a great machine- don't get me wrong-
    but i kinda bought it on a whim b/c i found a good deal-
    as my PB was in the shop gettin a new HD - and has been givin me lots of trouble (12"g4 rev c) -
    i donno- i was compulsive

    since then- i've weighed the ups and downs
    and having a desktop is nice- but i'm more of a laptop guy i think :)

    so- partially $ issues
    partially just 'image' and look issues
    mostly- b/c in the next 6 months i plan on using the laptop more than needing a desktop

    and i have no reason to have 2 machines right now-

    maybe when i'm older?
    i donno- we'll see if i do it or not-

    but- i'll prolly list it here if i'm going to sell it off - no worries
    1.42, 1gb ram, 80GB- nothing else special - combo - no BT/AE
  6. rkphoto macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2005
    I just got a iMac G5 to replace my old iMac G3 and I did the Firewire hookup and it copied everything I wanted from the old machine to the new machine (programs, preferences, mailboxes, bookmarks, desktop image, desktop items). Worked great. Only problem is my new machine is now as disorganized as my old machine was.


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