7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 28, 2007 2:57 PM by noahsmom
noahsmom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I should probably know the answers to these questions, but even though I've been a Mac user for 5 years, I still only know the basics. There's never been any type of Mac classes anywhere near me in NJ.....oh but I wish! I have a G3 iMac that just died......I think. Other than the 10.3 disks, I do not have any other original software disks (Office Mac, Powerpoint etc) Is there a way to transfer the software to my "new" eMac? (DVD-R/CDRW) Perhaps by putting the iMac's hard drive in a Firewire enclosure and transferring them to the eMac? If so, will I need something like Superduper? Or possibly just being able to use them from the hard drive in an enclosure and connected to the eMac? Also, my "new" eMac came pre-installed with 10.4 without disks. Is it possible to make a CD or DVD copy of the installed 10.4 for back up? Or perhaps a copy to an external hard drive?
I've continued to get conflicting answers.

Terri

imac and emac, Mac OS X (10.4), os9.2
  • donny Level 6 Level 6 (10,310 points)
    1. If you can power on the imac you can connect the two computer with a firewire cable. Boot the imac while hold the T key and it will appear on the desktop of the eMac and you can drag and drop whatever you want. You can also run the Migration Assistant from the utilities folder on the emac and tell the computer what to copy.

    2. You cannot make a cd of the operating system. You can buy an external drive and back up the emac to the drive. A lot of people like Carbon Copy Cloner, but I like Deja Vu. You could probably find Tiger DVD/CD on ebay or possibly from Other World Computing at Macsales.com. It is going to be harder to find with the release of Leopard.
  • noahsmom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the info. I understand everything except:
    Where you say "......run MA from the utilities folder on the eMac and tell the computer what to copy." Would that include being able to copy the entire software applications...ie, VPC, OfficeMac/Powerpoint etc? So as not to have to connect them every time I would want to use the apps.? It would just be great to use them on the new eMac but very expensive to replace. My disabled son has been learning Powerpoint at school and they suggested having it at home for him, but I'm done with "PC's!"

    You also say I can use an external drive for back up. Could I instead use a hard drive in a Firewire enclosure? I have a few empty hard drives (60-80GB) and just purchased a Firewire/USB enclosure...(haven't received it yet however)

    I'm not familiar with Carbon Copy, Deja Vu or Superduper. Are they used specifically for external drives/enclosure purposes?

    And finally, if I back up the eMac to a drive with the 10.4, can I then connect that drive to another Mac and "install" 10.4 on it?

    Whew!

    Thanks,
    Terri
  • donny Level 6 Level 6 (10,310 points)
    Migration Assistant will let you choose the applications folder to copy and that will copy the apps for you. You might have to reenter serial numbers, if needed.

    DejaVU is for copying to external hard drives, Yes, a drive in a firewire enclosure will work.

    No you cannot copy 10.4 from one mac to another. You need the install DVD or CD.
  • noahsmom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks so much!
  • noahsmom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Uh oh!

    My G3 iMac does not have a Firewire port!

    How would I connect the iMac to the eMac?

    Terri
  • donny Level 6 Level 6 (10,310 points)
    There is a way to connect the two with a cable called a crossover cable via the ethernet port. Unfortunately, it has been so long since I have done that, I can't remember what procedure you use. You miught want to start a new post on that if you don't get a response here.
  • noahsmom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you!!!