Old (machine) to New (machine)

gallagb

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Apr 28, 2004
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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'
etc-

is that just drag and drop using the firewire connection?
OR
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

thanks!
 

varmit

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Aug 5, 2003
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gallagb said:
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'
etc-

is that just drag and drop using the firewire connection?
OR
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

thanks!
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.
 

iEric

macrumors 6502a
Jun 26, 2003
817
10
Vancouver
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!
 

jholzner

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Jul 24, 2002
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Champaign, IL
gallagb said:
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'
etc-

is that just drag and drop using the firewire connection?
OR
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

thanks!

Just curious, why are you getting rid of the mini...you coudn't have had it very long.
 

gallagb

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jholzner said:
Just curious, why are you getting rid of the mini...you coudn't have had it very long.
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
 

rkphoto

macrumors regular
Feb 1, 2005
100
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BROOKLYN
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.

rk
 
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