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.