8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2010 1:34 PM by Kappy
60SandyTOes Level 1 Level 1
My iBook G4 is on its last leg. Before it dies I would like to get all of my files and applications on to our newer (than the G4) iMac. Could someone please walk me through how to do this? I have a firewire cable.

Thanks in advance

Paige

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imac & iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    Turn off both computers. Connect them via Firewire cable. Boot the iBook into Target Disk Mode. After the TDM logo appears boot the iMac normally. Upon completion of startup you should see a disk icon for your iBook's hard drive on the iMac's Desktop. Open Migration Assistant on the iMac. Follow instructions.

    For help see OS X 10.6/10.5- How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac.
  • 60SandyTOes Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks Kappy. I have tried that and now my old iBook freezes up and then iMac keeps trying to configure after I select which computer to migrate. Any ideas?
  • 60SandyTOes Level 1 Level 1
    Kappy, I just followed a thread that brought up another question: Could the fact that I am attempting to transfer from an iBook to an intel-based iMac be part of the problem?

    Thanks,

    Paige
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2
    No, that shouldn't matter.
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2
    Have you tried just loading migration assistant on the new computer and following the instructions?
  • 60SandyTOes Level 1 Level 1
    What do you mean?
  • 60SandyTOes Level 1 Level 1
    As soon as the new computer starts "calculating" the old computer freezes up. I just tried it again.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    That means there's either a serious problem with the iBook or the iMac that's causing the problem. You said the iBook is on its last legs, so if there's a problem with the hard drive then you will have a problem.

    If you are able to see the iBook on your iMac's Desktop, then you might consider transferring data manually rather than using MA.

    You should consider repairing the hard drive and permissions on both computers:

    Repairing the Hard Drive and Permissions

    Boot from your OS X Installer disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Installer menu (Utilities menu for Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard.) After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list. In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive. If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported click on the Repair Permissions button. Wait until the operation completes, then quit DU and return to the installer. Now restart normally.

    If DU reports errors it cannot fix, then you will need Disk Warrior and/or Tech Tool Pro to repair the drive. If you don't have either of them or if neither of them can fix the drive, then you will need to reformat the drive and reinstall OS X.