Transition from old PB to new PB

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by hayduke, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    Any suggestions on the best way to transition to a new Powerbook? I've been using a 800MHz model for ~4 years, but there is a new 1.67GHz 15" on its way!!! :) :D :)

    I would like to start "clean" with the new system. Am I best off doing a fresh install of any applications and then transferring over my user data via firewire? Is there anything outside my user directory that I should keep track of? I think Apple provides software for loading your old computer's data onto the new computer via firewire. Is this worth using? Thoughts?
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Use Apple's set up assistant which will basically carry over your User folder and Apps for you (a little like when you Archive and Restore) - just follow the instructions when you first boot up the new Mac and have a FW cable handy.

    Although I haven't used it, a friend used it setting up from her TiBook to a new 12" PB and declared it immensely useful.
  3. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    iB to pB

    I had a similar situation... although it was from in iBook to a powerBook.

    All I did was get a FireWire, and connected it to my iB (powered up) then pB (off). Turn on pB, and hold down the T button.

    After, you can start drag & droppin'.

    That's it! :D
  4. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    you dont have to start off clean if you dont want to

    you can just use bombich carbon copy if you want and just make a image of ur current drive and load that up on your new laptop

    but if you want to start clean, just make sure you copy your home folder etc
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Not sure I'd advise restoring from a copy to a new machine from one 4 years old. The drivers for the trackpad alone are different - who knows what might happen (although I guess you could always reinstall from the restore DVD) Apple's setup assistant is designed for people who want to move their apps, files and prefs over without potentially screwing up the system. Just copying over your 'Home' file may also lead to some discrepancies in file permissions too.
  6. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Use the setup assistant. That's all there is to it.
    OS X will be clean and dandy for you!

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