Tranferring software to new Mac

marcb

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I'm thinking of buying a new Intel powered mac (G5) and want to know if there's a simple way of transferring my existing software without having to re-install it all from the installation CDs. I currently have a G5 running 10.3.9. It's probably a stupid question I know, but can anyone help?

Thanks
 
marcb said:
I'm thinking of buying a new Intel powered mac (G5) and want to know if there's a simple way of transferring my existing software without having to re-install it all from the installation CDs. I currently have a G5 running 10.3.9. It's probably a stupid question I know, but can anyone help?

Thanks
Intel Macs and G5 are totally different. G5 is from the PowerPC line of processors.
 

lonepilgrim

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marcb said:
I'm thinking of buying a new Intel powered mac (G5) and want to know if there's a simple way of transferring my existing software without having to re-install it all from the installation CDs. I currently have a G5 running 10.3.9. It's probably a stupid question I know, but can anyone help?

Thanks
You should be able to use a Firewire cable / Migration Assistant / target disk mode (hold down T while booting and that machine will display like a hard drive on the other machine).

As the previous poster points out, the G5 and Intel mac are powered by different processors. What this will likely mean for you is that all the software you transfer from your old Mac won't be native on your new one, and you should expect a perfomance hit.
 

jelloshotsrule

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i would recommend looking for updates for any of the major software you use, as many companies have released universal binaries (intel native versions) for their apps, at least the smaller apps... check versiontracker.com, or the software developer's website directly...
 

jdechko

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In any case, it's probably a better idea to just reinstall the software from scratch.