5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2010 3:03 PM by The hatter
mr88cet Level 1 (0 points)
I need to transfer files from my G5 PowerMac to my MacBook Pro. Looks like the G5 is having boot-up problems, so I want to move my wife's world over to a new user on the MacBook Pro before things get any worse.

Is my understanding correct that I can do this by booting up the G5 in FW target-disk mode, connecting the two Macs via a firewire adaptor cable (MBP has the square-plug, faster form of firewire), booting/waking up the MBP, and then retrieving files as appropriate?

If so, am I understanding correctly that booting the G5 with the "t" key down is all you have to do to put it into FW target mode?

Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8 Xeon, MacBook Pro 17", iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Niel Level 10 (298,703 points)
    Is my understanding correct that I can do this by booting up the G5 in FW target-disk mode, connecting the two Macs via a firewire adaptor cable (MBP has the square-plug, faster form of firewire), booting/waking up the MBP, and then retrieving files as appropriate?


    Yes.

    If so, am I understanding correctly that booting the G5 with the "t" key down is all you have to do to put it into FW target mode?


    Yes, unless you've set a firmware password on the G5.

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  • mr88cet Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks.

    That is, if I can get the G5 to boot...
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    Pull the drive.
    Put in FW/USB case.

    http://www.macsales.com/firewire

    And between copying off files, also run Disk Warrior from the MBP too (you have 4.2 version for Snow Leopard).
  • mr88cet Level 1 (0 points)
    Roger.

    I've been trying to get DiskWarrior running on the G5, but I've been having problems getting it to boot from CD. Finally, it seemed to be no longer even listening to the keyboard.

    However, on a hunch, I removed the USB extension cable between the keyboard and G5, and I was able to get it to boot from the G5's restore disk. So I'm running a hardware diagnostic on it now, after which I'll attempt to boot the other partition so that I can run Disk Utility on it.

    Anyway, never mind; I'm babbling...
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    When it is one of my own problems, I can't see or think straight.

    Also got burned with bad Apple USB extensions that caused mischief.

    Be paranoid is sometimes the sane thing!