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Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
I just bought a Mac Book Pro and have set it up exactly how I want it, my iMac is a mess... So I was thinking of just clearing it completely and re-installing Leopard and then just using the option to copy data from my MacBook Pro to the iMac... Would there be any downside to this? And would this be the best way to have them both back to how I want them?

Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (30,460 points)
    I don't see a downside. You will be using Migration Assistant, connecting the MacBook either in FireWire Target Disk Mode, or over a network.

    The MacBook will act as the data source and this process does not change the source data (just copies it). So even in the worse case, you can decide to do it over again.

    Also, depending on how your iMac "is a mess," you might want to use do one of the following two options first, before resorting to a complete +Erase and Install+.

    (1) Just create a new admin user account on the iMac. You use System Preferences Accounts pane to do this

    See if your iMac works properly in the new account. If so, you can copy over just your user data from the old account, or you can use Migration Assistant to migrate data off the MacBook Pro to the new account.

    (2) Do a reinstall of Leopard, but use the +Archive and Install+ option in Installer. This will give you a fresh Leopard system, but your data and user settings should remain intact. If you use this approach, you should make a backup of your user data on the iMac, just in case something goes wrong.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)
    HI Tom,

    Might be simpler to do an Erase and Install on the iMac then when that's finished use Firewire Target Disk Mode to copy files over.

  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Actually I just realised... I need to copy my iTunes library and playlists is that a complex thing to do?
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (30,460 points)
    Moving the iTunes stuff is fairly easy to understand, even if you do it manually. Sometimes, it sounds more complicated if I explain it in detail, so I'll just describe the overall process.

    If you are using the default iTunes settings, all of you iTunes user and media files are located at

    <user home folder>/Music/iTunes/

    On the FROM Mac, locate that folder.

    On the TO Mac, locate that folder.

    (If you have changed the settings so that the iTunes music and other media files are stored in a different +iTunes Music+ folder location, please post back with details.)

    With iTunes NOT running on either the FROM or TO Mac, copy that entire iTunes folder from the FROM Mac to the TO Mac. On the TO Mac, it needs to replace the existing iTunes folder.

    Note: If the TO Mac already has different songs and other media in iTunes, you may not want to completely erase the existing iTunes folder by overwriting it with the iTunes folder from the FROM Mac. In that case, move it (the existing iTunes folder) somewhere else, or rename it to something other than iTunes.

    So the idea is that the iTunes folder from the FROM Mac is now sitting at the same location on the TO Mac. When you run iTunes on the TO Mac, it should now look like iTunes on the FROM Mac.

    Please post back with specific questions about what I described above.
  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks guys, perfect! I have been trying to copy all the important work from my iMac HD to my TimeCapsule, it keeps timing out... Is there a way I can connect the iMac to the PowerBook and copy the files that way through FireWire?
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (30,460 points)
    Carolyn provided the link to the feature called FireWire Target Disk Mode in a previous reply post

    Start the the Mac you want to copy from as explained. When you connect it to the Mac you want to copy to using FireWire, it appears as a FireWire external drive. You can then copy over the files as desired.
  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Ahhhhh ok thanks that link wasn't loading for me before so I assumed that type of connecting was only when first installing Leopard, that's perfect!
  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi guys! Well it was a success! Only thing was when I fired up the iMac it said already exists and then it renamed it to #2, how can I change this name to imac? Where do I find this? And does anyone have an iMac they could tell me exactly what it should be called?
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (30,460 points)
    You should be able to change the computer name at System Preferences Sharing pane.

    You can call it whatever you want.
  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks perfect! Everything went well, except any site I connect to via FTP is seriously slow to connect and Dreamweaver FTP is non-existent on the Mac Book Pro though all is fine, so there must be a setting on the iMac that is causing a conflict but everything on the iMac and Mac Book Pro are identical, proxies etc... Anyone know what this could be? Even my Apple Mail has a strange latency about it...
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (30,460 points)
    As a test, try creating a new admin user account on the iMac, in System Preferences Accounts pane

    Log out and log in to the new account. Try those things with issues. If they work properly in the new account, the issue is in your normal user account.

    How did you end up moving your personal data files, BTW? What you moved may be related to this problem. For example, if you just moved your personal data files, I don't know why you had the earlier issue with the iMac's +computer name+ being the same as the MacBook Pro's name.
  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi Kenichi, I gave that a try but no luck... Dreamweaver still just won't connect via FTP, but still does on my MacBook Pro... I copied everything over by re-installing Leopard on my iMac and then when it asked me if I wanted to copy files, folders & applications from another computer via Firewire I did that... If anyone has any idea what I could do to test, would be greatly appreciated... It makes no sense that the same App works on 1 computer and not on the other...

    Also something strange I am noticing, when I view this link, the 'Hot News Headlines' feed takes about 5 minutes to load on the iMac on the MacBook Pro it's instant... I can only assume it's the same issue? I looked at ports etc and everything seemed to be identical as to the MacBook Pro...

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  • Tom Synnott Level 1 (15 points)
    Further to my investigations... I checked what version of Leopard the iMac is running and it's actually just 10.5, I think this could be doing some strange things, the MacBook Pro is running the latest... However when I try and install 10.5.7 via the Software Update I get the following:

    The update "Mac OS X Update Combined" can't be saved
    You do not have the appropriate access privileges

    I am hoping this may have something to do with my issue, but how can I install it? And why would it say that? I am using my Admin Account here...
  • Bri95 Level 1 (85 points)
    You could always enable the root user account TEMPORARILY to download the update and then disable it. Go to disk utility and click the unlock icon in the bottom left, then go to edit> enable root user, and then go to edit> change root password. At the login window you can click other and type the user root and your set password, and download the update as usual and install it. MAKE SURE that you disable the root account if you don't know what you are doing after you install the update by going to disk utility and unlocking, then going to edit> disable root user.

    I think the folder where the software updates are saved arent letting you access them and that's why you can't save any updates.
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