Thread: iMac migration
12-04-2012, 04:04 PM #1
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- Aug 21, 2006
After a long wait I'm about to purchase a new iMac, but am unsure how I'll be able to go about migrating apps, documents etc from my ageing iMac PowerPC G4, which has an Ethernet and a couple of FireWire 400 ports.
I'm mindful that the new machines don't have FireWire ports, so do I need to purchase a specific ethernet cable?
And once the migration process is complete will the apps, files etc be on both machines, ie still be on the old G4?
12-04-2012, 05:42 PM #2
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- Nov 28, 2007
- Nambucca Heads Australia
- Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
Be aware that any PowerPC applications will not run on the new iMac as Rosetta is no longer supported. Also some software including Office 2004, and earlier, will not load. Depends what you are going to do with the G4. Suggest getting an external hard drive that has USB3 and FW connections and clone the G4 drive via FW and then hook up to USB3 when the new iMac arrives and use Migration Assistant.
The external drive can then be erased and formatted and used as an external Time Machine/Clone backup.Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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