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Use migration assistant to move Logic 8 from SL to ML or fresh install?

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Scorpii Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
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Feb 23, 2013 8:46 AM

I've got the first Intel MBP, and I've upgraded to a new mac mini. The old MBP has LP 802. Should I use Migration Assistant to transfer my Application folder to the new machine or install Rosetta and do a fresh install?


Any advice would be appreciated.





  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)

    There seems to be some discussion here on this forum that installation of Logic 8 will fail in Lion or Mt. Lion (as I assume your new Mac Mini has Mt. Lion).


    You should search for these threads, regarding Logic 8 BEFORE you attempt to do a migration restore; as they may have some important advice that you should consider beforehand.


    Do you have experience using the program Terminal, which is located in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.  I have an alternative way to install Logic 8 directly into Mt. Lion using Terminal, but I do not want to pursue it with you unless you feel comfortable using Terminal.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)

    Scorpii wrote:


    The community members have different approaches, but one consensus is that installing Rosetta from the SL instal disc and then trying to install LP 8 works


    Rosetta is an unnatural addition to Lion or Mt. Lion and installing it can have serious consequences not initially anticipated later on; see this thread (start with the OP's first post):



    On the other hand, installing from Terminal does not have any "side-effects" so long as the user knows how to use Terminal, such as you do.


    If you decide to install Rosetta, you do so at your own risk!


    I do not understand your reference to "LP 802"


    As to Migration Assistant, what OS X flavor is installed on your first Intel MBP and on your new mac Mini (which you reference to ML, so I assume it is Mt. Lion but please confirm)?

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)

    My greatest experience was when I migrated all of my files from my iMac G5 to my 2011 Mac Mini in August, 2011.  I had very few problems, except of course for my PowerPC apps.  In retrospect, I would not repeat that experience today: I would not migrate from a PowerPC Mac to an Intel Mac. 


    Today, I would use alternate means.  I would move my data files over but reinstall all of my applications from their install discs to ensure that they are installed properly on the new Mac.


    Yes, be sure to run Software Update on your new Mac Mini before you move any other files over.


    However, you do face a problem with Logic 8.02.  Migration Assistant does not allow for any settings, so it is an "all or nothing" proposition. I believe that you should be OK doing a full Migration from your old Mac to your new one.


    Let me know how it goes and also if Logic 8.02 works on the new mac.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)

    Scorpii wrote:


    That's why I'm hoping that ... I can use the terminal approach you mentioned to run Logic 8 on the macmini with Mountain Lion...

    Actually, on reflection, I was confusing the installation problems of Logic 8 with those of Final Cut Studio 2.  Both seem to have worked in the past with the so-called "install Rosetta from the Snow Leopard Install DVD" approach (although I have never tested that approach in either case). 


    As an alternative approach (and to avoid any problems associated with the installation of Rosetta into Lion or Mt. Lion, where it does not belong), in the FCS2 situation, the Terminal approach has been proven to work.  It is still just a theory with Logic 8, although it seems logical that it should work.


    The Terminal approach, which I linked earlier, would have to be modified to provide for the Logic installation package, instead of the FCS2 installation package.


    Try your approach first!


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