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    migrating from PPC
    My G5 PPC mac just died- not the drive(s), it seems to be something to do with the ram slots on board- as far as I can tell, all my drives are fine. I'm waiting for a new Mac Pro to arrive. Since the PPC won't boot, I'm assuming I can't firewire the two macs together to migrate over. Can I put my old system drive in the new mac and migrate from it internally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by honeychrome View Post
    I'm assuming I can't firewire the two macs together to migrate over. Can I put my old system drive in the new mac and migrate from it internally?
    thanks
    You could put your G5's hard drives in an external case & connect via USB...or you could just install your G5's drives right into the Mac Pro (the Mac Pro can hold up to 4 drives).

    One thing to be aware of...some of your PPC applications may not run in the new Mac Pro. The Mac Pro (as hopefully you know)...has Intel cpu's & will be running OS 10.6 Snow Leopard...so there most likely will be some software incompatibility issues (you just got to see what works & what doesn't).

    Also...don't expect to be able to boot the new Mac Pro from your old G5's hard drive(s)...the Mac Pro won't boot from the OS you had on your G5.

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    The plan is to put the PPC drives into the new intel G5, I just wasn't sure if migration assistant required a FW connection to another computer or if it can work directly off a connected drive.

    My business macs are all newer intel, so luckily I have updated versions of most apps.

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    It is not an Intel G5. Either it is a G5 which are all PowerPC (PPC) machines, or it is an Intel machine. All Mac Pros are Intel.
    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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    I have done a migrate from an external drive many times. Never tried it off another drive inside a Mac though, but since it works from an external, it should work.

    I just pointed the Migration Assistant to the external drive and it did it's job.

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    If it's Power Mac G5 tower and you are interested in a full motherboard to swap out, I would sell you one for cheap. I have a "parts" Power Mac G5.... no RAM included, but the board does work and I can include the two G5 2.0ghz procs if you need those, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroTX View Post
    If it's Power Mac G5 tower and you are interested in a full motherboard to swap out, I would sell you one for cheap. I have a "parts" Power Mac G5.... no RAM included, but the board does work and I can include the two G5 2.0ghz procs if you need those, too.
    This is not a place for buy/sell/trade.
    If you are wishing to PM the OP, that is the way to go.

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