5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 8:31 PM by Audiodrome
Audiodrome Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

Dear All,

 

I'm running Leopard 10.5.8 on PB and want to migrate everything except the OS to the MBP which is running Lion.  I understand that any apps that are not universal might not function, which is okay, but I want my new Mac to have all my exisiting settings, files, and so on.

 

I have a Firewire 400 to 800 cable and wonder if it's possible to connect them to gether and specify what I want to migrate?

 

I would be grateful for any help.  My new Mac will arrive in a couple of days and I want to get it up and running as soon as it gets here.

 

I've posted this in the Powerbook forum as well.

 

Regards,

 

K


PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1Gb memory
  • 2. Re: How to migrate from my beloved Powerbook to a shiny new Macbook Pro?
    Audiodrome Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Thanks for the quick response.

     

    I thought I was reasonably accomplished on the Mac but the article you linked to had me quaking in my boots, or should that be quacking?  I'm hoping someone might be able to hone in on my specific situation if I give a bit more info.

     

    The new Macbook Pro will come with Lion and iLife 11 installed but with a temporary User ID and password.  It will have all the original installation disks so if I understood any of the linked article I think it might be best to erase and reformat the Macbook Pro hard drive and reinstall Lion to start with.

     

    If I understand correctly this should induce the Setup Assitant on the new Mac and I should be able to Firewire the PB and MBP together and follow the rest.  My confusion is whether or not the Setup Assitant will try to overwrite the MBP Lion OS with the PB's Leopard, which I don't think is compatible with the new hardware.

     

    I'm sorry if I'm being a bit dim but there will be millions of star-shaped brownie-points if anyone is able to help.

     

    Thanks,

     

    K

  • 3. Re: How to migrate from my beloved Powerbook to a shiny new Macbook Pro?
    AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,005 points)

    No need to Erase or reinstall anything...

     

    Just Follow the Prompts when you turn on your New Mac

  • 4. Re: How to migrate from my beloved Powerbook to a shiny new Macbook Pro?
    Audiodrome Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    AnaMusic,

     

    Thanks for persevering.

     

    The machine is Oct 2011 Macbook Pro, i7 at 2.7Ghz with 750Gb hard drive with Lion and iLife installed and the original 1yr limited Apple Warranty still intact and boxed and with original cables, etc.

     

    It was purchased brand new in Feb 2012, one owner and hardly used and in almost pristine condition, but it has been used a bit. I bought it on eBay on Tuesday and it should be with me this coming Tuesday.

     

    The owner is a lovely and courteous person but not a Mac person, he's going back to PC (I know not why).

     

    So It will have a temporary User ID that he would have put in originally but now remember but which should pop up automatically (if it doesn't I could be snookered), and a temporary password which is "apple" all lower case.

     

    The owner said it has it's original disks which must refer to iLife as I understand that it wouldn't have come with OS disks as that is now done via internet recovery installation.  So I wonder if it would be safe to erase and reformat the drive and download the internet recovery files so that I can start with a pristine operating system? Except how can I get online and do that if I've erased the operating system?  Oh dear, the plot thickens, and so do I.

     

    I appreciate your time.

     

    K

  • 5. Re: How to migrate from my beloved Powerbook to a shiny new Macbook Pro?
    Audiodrome Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    To conclude this thread:

     

    Please see the extensive thread of the same name in the MacBook Pro forum for definitive solution, combined with the Pondini link that Ana provides above.

     

    K