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    Aug 21, 2006
    iMac migration
    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?

    Many thanks,

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    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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