In my experience VERY few of your existing applications will work on X. So be prepared to spend some money replacing them.
You MAY be able to import your data files - depending on the applications you have and the ones you buy.
You can transfer files between the 2 computers by using a network hookup, burning CDs or using other portable memory cards or disks to move stuff between your computers.
You can get one of the Macs that will run Classic Environment and a few will even run classic natively.
Mac OS. Classic is supported on PowerPC-based Macintosh computers running versions of Mac OS X up to v10.4"Tiger", but is not supported with v10.5 "Leopard", nor on Intel-based Macintosh computers running any version of Mac OS X.
Alternate emulators are available also
- Apple's Macintosh Application Environment
- Apple's Rosetta – PowerPC emulator
- SheepShaver – PowerPC emulator
- Basilisk II – 68000 emulator
- vMac – 68000 emulator
Here is a service that can help you:
If you are a committed DIY: then of course it is a two step process:
Step One: Move the files over
Step Two: What you want to do with the legacy files once you have access to them on your modern Mac.
Can you be more specific?
Do you have any add on cards, that provide other types of interface?
What do you want to transfer, types of files and the applications you use?
Have you upgraded the optical drive?
Do you have any removeable cartridge drives?
There are many ways to transfer files between old and new, I have experience that goes back to 1986. I currently have a PowerBook 3400 and have found many ways to transfer files between that machine and my newer ones.
Let me know as much as you can, so I can come up with the best process for moving those files.
In addition to the questions Chris Dunn posted, what are the file sizes of the things you want to transfer?
The easiest way is to email the files to your own address. The way I did it was with a ZIP-drive, and at a later date using an external SCSI-drive. If youi can get your hands on a SCSI-card, this might be the fastest way to do this.
You could even transplant the entire drive...