9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2012 10:56 AM by putnik
Margery Husted Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I backed up all my work on my old IMac (leopard) with an external hard drive and with Time Machine.   When it stopped working correctly I bought a new IMac  (Lion) and transferred everything from the back up to the new computer.   When I went to open something,  It said "cana't open because PowerPC applications no longer supported".   Why did I buy an external hard drive for backup?  And is there anything I can do--I've lost all kinds of information I thought was saved.

  • 1. Re: What good is back up
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    The external drive for back up is to protect your data from lose.

     

    That has nothing to do with your problem of old code for PowerPC. Apple stopped using the PowerPC in 2005. Lion has stopped supporting it after all these years. What you need to do is start upgrading your code.

     

    Most likely you have lost no data. What you have lost is programs that are too old to work on the new computer.

     

    Allan

  • 2. Re: What good is back up
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    The back up did keep your data available for you though.  Your problem has nothing to do with the backup.  Lion does not provide any support for PowerPC applications.  Previously, a special compatability layer using a program called Rosetta was available in OS X to allow older PowerPC based computer code to run on new Intel based Apple machines.  Lion marks the official end of life for Rosetta and all backwards compatability for older PowerPC software.

     

    You need to update your older PowerPC programs or replace them with alternatives - if you just mention what program(s) you are trying to use (or what types of files you want to work with), people here can help.

     

    If these are MS Office documents and you have Office 2004, you need to upgrade - Office 2008 or 2011 will run on Lion.  Or there are alternatives for working with office files, like OpenOffice, or Apple's own iWorks applications.

  • 3. Re: What good is back up
    Margery Husted Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I don't know what updating my code is?

  • 4. Re: What good is back up
    Margery Husted Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have lost the files I typed with Appleworks.

  • 5. Re: What good is back up
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,960 points)

    AppleWorks has been gone for a very long time now, and no longer works with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), as you have discovered.  Fortunately, word processing files created with AppleWorks can be opened with Apple's Pages app, which is available for $20 (if I recall correctly) from the App Store (found in your Applications folder).

  • 6. Re: What good is back up
    Margery Husted Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I purchased Pages app.   How do I open my file with Pages?

  • 7. Re: What good is back up
    putnik Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)

    Right click on the file name in Finder and select "Open with". It should list "Pages" as an option.  You can also change the default application for opening these kinds of documents in the future.  When you first save the document, it will save it in the new Pages format, though there may be small changes in fonts etc that are available.

  • 8. Re: What good is back up
    Margery Husted Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you, thank you.   I can open them!!!!   Your are wonderful!!!

  • 9. Re: What good is back up
    putnik Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)

    You are welcome