7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 9:12 AM by dwb
SADON2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have only one monitor and wish to transfer data from old mini to new mini. Can anyone give me detailed instructions as to how to proceed? I have an imac running mac OS x l0.6.7 and a spare external hard drive.
the old mini runs 10.4.?

imac10,1 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • 1. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    SADON2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Forgot to mention: Everything is on a wifi network from an airport extreme.
  • 2. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    SADON2 wrote:
    Everything is on a wifi network from an airport extreme.


    you might be better off by connecting the two Macs with a firewire cable, boot the source Mac in _*Target Disk Mode*_, and copy whatever you want to the new machine.

    if it just data like documents or photos, this user tip should help: _*where important data is stored*_ (one correction to this link: iCal data is stored in ~/library/calendars).

    if you want to bring everything over, you could use *migration assistant*, however, it would seem that using *setup assistant* is more reliable.

    read about the pros and cons of either method [here|http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/Setup.html].
  • 3. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    re-reading your initial post, i suspect your old mini is a PPC machine. if that's the case, peruse Kappy's user guide before you proceed.

    _*A Basic Guide for Migrating to Intel-Macs*_
  • 4. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    SADON2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Almost solved.
    Problem of one monitor for the two minis remains.
    Do I need to fire up old mini with monitor so I can sign on, then transfer monitor to new mini and start it? Do I even need to sign on to old Mini, or will the firewire connection be sufficient? Will the old mini show up at an attached device which I can access from the new machine?

    Not sure of sequence of steps here.

    The old mini is one of the first Intel's, not a PPC.
  • 5. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    SADON2 wrote:
    Problem of one monitor for the two minis remains.


    you can use _*Screen Sharing*_.

    edit not sure that's an option if the other Mac runs Tiger but booting the source Mac into TDM doesn't require a monitor.

    Do I need to fire up old mini with monitor so I can sign on, then transfer monitor to new mini and start it? Do I even need to sign on to old Mini, or will the firewire connection be sufficient? Will the old mini show up at an attached device which I can access from the new machine?

    Not sure of sequence of steps here.


    click on the blue-ish "target disk mode" in my earlier post - it will provide the necessary steps.

    in essence, reboot the old mini and hold "T" when you hear the chime. the old mini will show up as an external firewire drive - no +signing in+ required.

    The old mini is one of the first Intel's, not a PPC.


    that makes things easier

    i urge you to use *setup assistant* over *migration assistant* - even if it means to wipe the new mini and re-install Mac OS X.

    edited by the Jolly Green Giant (where Green stands for environmentally friendly)
  • 6. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    jonmanheim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I ask for some clarification on this issue?  I am looking to buy a new Mini.  I own a Mini late 2009 running 10.7.5.  And I also just have just one monitor.  But I want to migrate everything from my old Mini to the new Mini. 

    Do all of your recommendations still apply to this scenario (boot the source Mini in 'target disk mode", connect the two Minis with ethernet, boot the target mini, and then use Setup Assistant for a full migration)?  Or does this change with a full migration?

     

    Thanks!

  • 7. Re: migration old mini to new mini
    dwb Level 7 Level 7 (20,210 points)

    Forget Ethernet - get a thunderbolt<->firewire adaptor and if you don't already have one, a FireWire 800 cable or a FireWire 400 cable and a 400-800 adaptor. Connect the two computers with the FireWire cable. Connect the monitor to the new computer. Start the old computer while holding the 'T' key - this puts it into target disk mode.

     

    After going thru a few screens and entering a bit of information you'll come to the Setup Assistant screen. Read this article - scroll down to the Migrating using FireWire or Thunderbolt section. Although this article says Migration Assistant it also refers to the Setup Assistant.