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Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
My old hard drive crashed and now I need to move the data I'd been backing up on an external hard drive. I believe I did a whole drive backup weekly.

How do I go about transferring the data from the external to the new internal drive?
Thank you.

PowerBook G4 15" Superdrive 1.5 GHz 512MB 167MHz 80GB, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)
    Have you formatted the new HD to HFS+ (Journaled)?

    Is your backup HD connected via Firewire? If so boot to the external HD & use the same cloning software to transfer the files back to your new HD.

    If your external HD is connected via USB, you'll have to use your Tiger install DVD to install Tiger on the new HD. Then boot to the new HD & install* the update to 10.4.11. Then, drag & drop the files/applications on the external HD back to the new HD.

    *After you install the base 10.4.x, update to the final Tiger version 10.4.11. Here's the link for the 10.4.11 combo update http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24901?viewlocale=en_US

     Cheers, Tom

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    What APP/method did you use exactly?
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    Thank you both for replying so fast. The external drive is connected via firewire. The tech who installed the new drive updated to 10.4.11, which I had before the crash.
    I used Apple Backup to backup the drive. I downloaded it again and haven't figured out how to restore using Backup.
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    Sorry, I forgot to answer the question about formatting. The tech installed the drive, so I don't know. I looked at Disk Utility, which shows the "Partition Scheme" as "Apple Partition Map." Does that help? Should I format the drive?
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    No need to reformat, APM is fine for your Mac.

    Here's info on Backup...

    http://www.theosquest.com/2007/04/17/apple-backup-mac/
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    I'm running into problems restoring my data. I've tried both drag-and-drop and "Restore" from "Backup."
    In drag-and-dropping the "User" file, I get an error message that "the operation cannot be completed because you don 't have sufficient privileges for some of the items."

    "Backup" tell me that the file I've chosen isn't there. I guess I have to get "Backup" support from MobileMe, is that right?

    Thanks for you suggestions. I'm only able to work on this once a week.
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Well, you can't replace the User file, (folder actually), that you are running under with another one.

    Have you tried Migration Assistant in Applications>Utilities?

    You could make a new User Account and we could try transferring to that account, or try opening that User Folder, then the d folders in that, then the folders in those like Documents to try transferring files to yours.
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    Thank you! Migration Assistant worked! Still searching for my photo library.
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Great news, thanks!

    Did MA create/Import all that stuff into a new/different account?

    Open System Preferences>Accounts, does more than one show up there?
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    Yes, MA asked for a new account name, which now shows up in "Accounts." Now that I know I have all my stuff (which is in an Admin account) how do I duplicate it into a "non-Admin" account? Can I use Migration Assistant again for that?
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Here's what I'd do, first, make certain there's always one admin account on the Mac even if you only use it to install things, then log into that new account MA made & if it isn't the only admin account you can remove admin rights & make it a regular account.

    There are other ways, but a bit more work if you wish.
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    You're the best! Thank you!
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Fantastic, is everything as you want it now?
  • Thinifer Level 1 (55 points)
    Can't find a lot of my photos that were in iPhoto, and can't find most of my iTunes. Any suggestions welcome. But so far, everything else seems available. What a relief!
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