Upgrading from old (G5) iMac to new one.. easy way?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by al3000, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. al3000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2005
    Hey guys

    Am about to purchase a new iMac to replace my old iMac g5... I was wondering is there a quick way to transfer all my files (photos, music etc) over from the old to the new?

    Cheers :D
  2. Feverish Flux macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    The new machine will ask you when you first start it up. All you need is a FireWire cable.

    Alternatively, you can use the Migration Assistant later. Applications-->Utilities-->Migration Assistant

    East as pie.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Fortunately, there is an easy way to transfer your data. It's called Migration Assistant, and requires the use of a FireWire cable as well as Target Disk Mode. Here's how it works:
    1. Connect a FireWire cable between the two Macs.
    2. On the old Mac, go to System Preferences, then Startup Disk. Select Target Disk Mode as the way to restart your Mac.
    3. On the new Mac, wait for the old Mac to mount as a disk.
    4. Open Migration Assistant (in your Utilities folder), select the old Mac as the source to migrate, and follow the directions. The process usually takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on how much data must be transferred.
    5. Once that's done, unmount your old Mac.
    6. Finally, you'll need to take your old Mac out of Target Disk Mode. I'm not sure exactly how you do this...:eek:

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