Target Disk Mode from Time Machine External Drive?

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  1. icibaqu macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone,

    I have a 20" G5 iMac that I want to sell (interested*?) in order to buy a new Intel iMac. I would rather have cash from the sale in hand before buying the Intel version, but would really like the benefit of a Target Disk Mode transfer.

    I also have a 1TB external drive connected to Time Machine. Can I either A) connect the External to a new Intel Mac and have it repopulate the new HD with all the info from the G5, a la Target Disk Mode (sort of as if my drive had failed and I had put in a new hard drive) or B) Somehow create a disk image on the external drive that I could use just as easily as Target Disk Mode? or C) Some other, much simpler suggestion that I haven't thought of?

    Thanks for all advice. I appreciate it.


    * if you are interested in a 20" G5 iMac, mine is from May 2005, has a 250 gb drive, 2.0 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM, would come with a clean install of Leopard and iWork '08, and is generally in excellent condition. You can PM me.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Target disk mode only applies to internal drives, but yes, Migration Assistant will allow you to restore from a Time Machine partition. Normally I'd suggest using Carbon Copy Cloner to make a cloned copy of your internal drive, but you wouldn't be able to simply clone back because your new computer would be using a different processor architecture (Intel vs. PowerPC).
     
  3. icibaqu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the response. will migration assistant go so far as to restore backgrounds, safari bookmarks, file placement as would be the case with TDM?

    Also, I have two user accounts (well 3 if you count the admin) on the computer. Does anyone know if Time Machine backs up only within the user that's logged in at that moment?
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Yes.

    No, it backs up the entire system.
     
  5. icibaqu thread starter macrumors newbie

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