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Can I transfer music and photos from my 17" PowerBook G4 to a new MacBook Pro?

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Richard Thomas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 3, 2013 9:03 PM

I am planning to buy a new MacBook Pro in the next couple of weeks. Can I have the "Genius" at the Apple Store transfer my music and pictures from my current PowerBook to the new computer? My current computer is a 17" PowerBook G4, running OS X 10.5.8. Because of the age of my computer and software limitations I have been unable to use iCloud for anything besides my calendar and contacts.

PowerBook G4, 1.67 mz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    Yes, you can either do this transfer yourself using Setup Assistant or Migration Assistant, or even a simple manual copy if it's really just music and photos that you want to transfer; or the Apple Store will do it for you for a fee (about $75 I think).


    When I say "manual copy," I mean that you can copy the itunes and iphoto libraries and associated files directly between the two computers if you have them on the same network; or you can copy those files to an external drive to move them between the two computers.

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    Yes, flash drive would work fine.


    If all you care about is music and photos, as you indicated earlier, then you simply need to copy the entire contents of your Music and Pictures folders from the old computer into the Music and Pictures folders on the new computer. A flash drive will work fine as long as it is big enough. If you want to also move over personal files, typically those are in your Documents folder and possibly your Desktop, so don't forgot about those.


    If you want to migrate over all your emails, applications, internet and router settings, web browser favorites, bookmarks, preferences, user names and accounts, etc., then you might consider doing the full migration using Setup Assistant upon the very first boot up. Apple will do this for you, for a fee, as will almost any Apple-authorized computer store (also for a fee, but probably for a bit less than Apple would charge). You can actually do this manually, using the external drive or flash drive, and I have done that myself. But you need to know where the files are to do that properly. The Setup Assistant (which is run upon the very first boot up of the new computer) or Migration Assistant (which is run after you have booted into your new computer at least once) make it pretty easy -- the main thing you need to do is hook the computers up with a firewire cable and follow Apple's instructions; or if that is not possible, the next best thing is to make a complete backup of your old computer onto an external drive using Time Machine (or a cloning program like SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner) and migrate from the backup.


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