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I have a 333 Mhz imac. With only 2 USB ports. And I'm going to this week order a 17 inch intel imac.

And my question is what's the best way to transfer the data from the old imac to the new one? I have music files, Firefox bookmarks, general files, and apps, and other stuff I need to have transferred over. About 45 GB in total.

Will I have to re put in the registration codes for the apps I have on the new imac. I think I'll have to. Maybe reinstalling the ones I have on cd is a better option?

Would using the 30 GB ipod I have as a portable drive be the best option? It'd take ages as uploading 25+ gig to it though. Is there a better option to do this?

And is there any system info I'd need to transfer. The old imac has 10.3.9 and the new one I'm assuming 10.4.something.

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Does your old iMac have a Firewire port. If so just use the Migration Assistant and a 6 pin to 6 pin firewire cable. It (the assistant) should come up during the initial setup of the new machine. And no you shouldn't have registration codes to deal with.
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The old imac doesn't have any firewire ports.

And can I use the Migration Assistant with USB?
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Check the Migration FAQ I dont think you can tho, your best bet might be a to get an external enclosure with firewire and remove the old HD and just plug into the new machine.
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Thanks, that might just be the best idea. Then I can put the Hard drive back in the old imac when I'm done with it. Good advice.
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try an external hd and transfer your stuff to there and then copy it to the new imac. or you could even use the old imac as a network storage area.
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Yes just put it back in the old Mac could put it back in the old Mac. I was looking at your Macs specs in Mactracker. Only USB 1.1, I now understand about the time to fill your ipod.
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Hey thanks for the advice. I might link up both macs with a USB cable and let it slowly transfer over the data.

And yeah USB 1.1 is so outdated these days haha!.
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A faster way, I think, would be with a Ethernet cable, no?
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Good call, ethernet would definitely be the easiest way to go. He would have to manually reinstall all his apps and other settings tho. I guess you have to do that with an external drive also.
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