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    Please help me Import MacData From USB hard Drive
    Hello All,

    I have an iMac G5 that I accidentally deleted a system file from and the Computer wouldn't boot. Since the available space on the drive was not much (15GB) I decided to buy a larger drive and install it on the G5. All was installed and done and the G5 is running like a champ but all my data is on the original drive. I got an external drive case and placed the original drive in it and attached it to the G5 it mounts OK and i can access my data but I would like to just import everything at once using the "Migration Assistant" but when I run it it doesn't see the drive. Am I doing something wrong? Can I import data from the original drive another way (other than individually copying all my data over)?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.

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    You can not use the migration assistant to copy from an external hard drive to your new computer. The migration assistant works with a firewire connection, network, or wireless from computer to computer.

    I'm afraid that for now you're limited to doing a straight copy from the external to your new Mac. That isn't difficult as you really shouldn't be copying programs that need to be installed. For documents, photos, music, and most other data, a direct copy is usually OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You can not use the migration assistant to copy from an external hard drive to your new computer. The migration assistant works with a firewire connection, network, or wireless from computer to computer.
    It says in Migration assistant you can migrate from 'any connected startup disc'. So I think the OP would be okay to do this with his HD connected through the external enclosure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soho100 View Post
    It says in Migration assistant you can migrate from 'any connected startup disc'. So I think the OP would be okay to do this with his HD connected through the external enclosure.
    As far as I know and from the Apple KB, it doesn't work that way. See this article and draw your own conclusion. LINK

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