10.6 would be the latest you can do. Update to
You should be able to transfer the data with Migration Assistant if the files weren't corrupted, otherwise you'll need to reenter your settings manually. Good Luck.
• Once that's installed, any reason why i couldn't or shouldn't install Snow Leopard -
the latest OSX installer i've got on hand - rather than reinstalling the old 10.4 off the Mini's original disks. New HD will be 250GB - old one was 60GB btw.
Precisely what you should do. Every OS knows how to get data / files from previous versions. You will ofcourse need the 10.6 DVD.
• or am i better off just starting from square one, manually re-entering data wherever possible on the
new HD and OS?
It is not that complicated, and certainly no need to do manual entry. For example, Mail lets you import mailboxes (Mail / File / Import Mailboxes) when the old mailboxes are on a drive that is mounted. You simply have to start the import process from the new Mac, then navigate to the mailboxes you want to move over. The imported mailboxes end up in your new Mail. Similarly Safari will import bookmarks.
Ok, it's been awhile but i figured in Migration Asst i could navigate to specific folders to try and extract data...
What I have to 'migrate' from isn't a functional OS Environment per se.... just whatever random individual folders that DW was able to recover from the Preview Folder over to a FW Drive folder so i have like, 'Users' and 'System' and 'Library' folders and some miscellaneous other docs that were recovered off the damaged HD....
Newly installed HD on Mini (always so proud of myself for being able to install anything in one of those; )
is going thru 10.6 install right now so i haven't gotten round to encountering Migration ***'t option yet but
will see if it all makes sense then....
Thanks for your help and reminders,
When Migration Asst gets to the option of Transfer Your Information from another computer or "another volume on this computer" i thought that 'another volume' option would be the right one to choose if i had files/folders from a previous system on a connected FW drive but it hangs on a spinning gear when on that step - Is that not the point where i want to try and migrate the data?
My guess is that MA is getting hung up because the directory on the drive it needs to access is damaged.
You could try a more targetted approach: Mount the other drive and try to import stuff like bookmarks, iPhoto library etc. using the appropriate application, rather than MA. For example open iPhoto and use the "Import to Library" command.
This is a piece-meal approach, but it should work if the files on the damaged drive are intact.
Another alternative is to try to repair the damaged drive. Once it is mounted, you could run Disk Utility from your startup drive, or Disk Warrior or TechTool Pro (from the applications if you have them) to see what can be repaired.
Hi Eustace, thanks for these suggestions. Maybe part of my problem is that the external FW drive i'm trying to get MA to 'see' is not a startup volume but just a 250+gb drive that i use to backup stuff from multiple machines.. I just happened to use this to put a folder on to drag the items from DW's "Preview Folder" into, since DW was telling me the Mini's drive was damaged and i should manually move everything in the Preview Directory to another drive. (Users, Library & System Folders). They're saved in an ordinary Folder on the FW external drive now... What degree of damage/corruption there is to the contents therein i do not know but i saw a lot of errors
or 'needs to be checked' messages in the Log as the items were copied....
Do you have access to a copy of Disk Warrior, or TechTool Pro? Either one can repair most damaged files. If you can, try reparing that external drive before using MA.
Alternatively, perhaps you could take the drive to someone who has one of these tools on their computer and do the repairs over there.