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Transfer files to new Mac pro from PM G5

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Chrisgreene Calculating status...
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Nov 14, 2011 1:50 PM

I'm getting a new Mac pro next week and I currently have a PowerMac G5. Is there a way I can transfer all my files over to the new computer without running into problems with OS versions and processor types?


Here's the deal. In my current G5 I have a 2TB HD as my main drive and a 1TB HD installed as my secondary. I would like to continue to use my 2TB drive as my main drive on the Mac Pro and use the 1TB as a tertiary drive linked to the 1TB that comes with the Mac Pro in a RAID 0 setup.


If it helps, my 2TB drive is only filled halfway but my 1TB is full.


Does anyone know how I can do this?

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,545 points)
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    Nov 14, 2011 2:17 PM (in response to Chrisgreene)

    Downgrade to retail copy of 10.6.3 first.


    I'd like to see you with extra backup sets of everything before you begin.


    Lean and mean for boot drive. Nothing but OS and apps and only a small minimal home account.


    that means 10K or SSD or 1TB drive would be fine.


    new Lion lacks support for Powerpc - Rosetta was dropped and it will if new from Apple have 10.7.x

  • kwolson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 10:02 AM (in response to The hatter)

    Thanks, Hatter - I was just getting ready to ask the same question. I'm getting ready for a 2004-era G5 to new Mac Pro transfer as well...


    My current setup - "everything" on one large boot drive with backups of home folder, etc. to a second internal drive and other backups (Aperture vaults, personal files, etc.) to an external drive for a quick escape from the California wildfires, if needed.


    In particular - will the Migration Assistant help to move data files from all these drives, even if the original program was a PPC version? Will I have to do a lot of manual file movement?


    Any nuances or idiosyncracies on this process will be greatly appreciated!


    I like your advice on the "lean and mean" boot drive and plan to do that, too.


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