8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2012 9:55 PM by BDAqua
thaxted Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

I know that these questions have been asked many times before. In fact, asked them myself a few days ago on another forum. But please forgive me. Even after ten years with my emac, I'm technologically challenged and I need all the help I can get!


After ten years, the time has come to bid farewell to my beloved eMac. My new iMac arrived just a few days ago. What I need (apart from a way to pay for my new machine) is advice on how to move files from the eMac to the iMac.Almost none of my applications can migrate from Tiger to Lion (e.g., AppleWorks, Office for Mac X) and the few that can, like iWork '09 and my printer utilities, I can install by disc. What I'm wondering about are documents, my photos, my music in iTunes, and my mail. I just might want to move my router files as well, although we're moving and we'll be switching from DSL to cable with a new ISP .


I've lived a dull life, so most of the files I've mentioned are small. Am I right in assuming that I can simply copy my documents, photos, and music files to a disc or USB drive and move them to the appropriate folders on the imac that way? Are there folders I might overlook? I gather that moving my mail will be more complicated. Would using my USB flash drive to copy the Mail folder, Mail downloads, and Mail preferences be a good way to start? If someone has the patience to walk me through it step by step, I'd be very grateful. Keep in mind my technological ineptitude and the fact that we'll soon be moving.


Finally, once everything is moved and we're ready to move, the time will come to pass the emac on to someone else (I'd love to take it with us, but I'm still caring for an Amiga 500 and I only have room for so many antiques). If I recall, the procedure for wiping the hard drive is straightforward and it begins and ends with the install disc. Is this the install disc that came with the computer or the 10.4 disc I used to install Tiger?


Thanks for reading and for any advice you may have.

  • 1. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Hi, it may do to copy things, but I feel the Best way is to put the eMac into Target mode...




    ou'd beed a 6 pin<-> 9 pin FW cable, then use Migration Assistant to Migrate everything to a new user, Lion will check for things that interfere with Lion or won't run.




    We could walk you through other ways, but it's arduous.


    On the eMac reuse...


    2 ways to go...


      1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc that came with your computer, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

       2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

          *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

       3. Click the Erase tab.

       4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.

       5. Select your Mac OS X volume.

       6. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, select the Security Options button, choose Zero Out Data, Erase... after completion do a new install.





    Open System Preferences>Accounts, unlock the lock, click on the little plus icon, make a new admin account, log out & into the new account.

    In the same pref pane highlight your old account, click the little minus icon, then use Disk Utility to Secure Erase Free Space.

  • 2. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    thaxted Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    Thanks for the very helpful advice. We move in just two days, so I probably won't have time to try following it until later in the week. I'll report back with the results as soon as I have them.

  • 3. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    OK, good luck with the move & all else!

  • 4. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    thaxted Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    Thanks for the good wishes. Two weeks later and we're still unpacking, but we're beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.


    The migration went reasonably well. My documents arrived safe and sound, and now that I've updated iWork, I can once again open my .doc files with Pages. The mail, on the other hand, is still in transit. My messages are indeed on my iMac in a Library folder labeled Mail along with a Mail downloads folder as well as folders for icons, widgets, printers and the like, most of which I don't think I need. The messages in the Mail folder have a .emax extension. I can open them easily enough and they're listed in the order I originally received them, all of which would be sufficient for my purposes except that they're identified by number only. Since they're not in my new inbox I have no idea of who sent a message, when they were sent, or what the subject might be until I open it. I assume that there is a way to move them into my new Mail library, wherever that may be. I tried moving the migrated Mail folder to my Home Library folder, but my iMac told me that I couldn't do that. So, what's next? Learning to live with Lion is interesting to say the least. Even my new mouse seems to have a mind of its own, but that's the subject of another posting!

  • 5. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    thaxted Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    Just a note to correct a mistake in my last posting. My email files have a emlx extension, not emax.

  • 6. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Try Mail>File>Import Mailboxes>Apple Mail.

  • 7. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    thaxted Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    BDAqua, once I figured out precisely what I wanted to import, your suggestion worked like a charm. Thanks again. Now I have one less detail to worry about as I settle in to my new home. If only the other details were as easy to deal with!

  • 8. Re: An old tiger and a young lion
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Great news, good work, thanks & continued good luck!