12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2012 12:49 AM by RenGR
sfsv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'd like to import an account from my elderly PowerBook G4 (running 10.5.8, all updates applied) to my brand-new MacBook Air (mid-2011 model).  In theory, Lion will accept anything from 10.5.3 or later, but in practice, it isn't working.  More than half an hour on the phone with Apple Support produced no explanation or solution.

 

The setup assistant on the MBA says that the G4's version of Migration Assistant (1.2.3 (177)) needs to be updated.  Apple Support says that 1.2.3  is the updated version, and therefore that it ought to work.  Both computers are on the same wireless network (yes, it would be nice to do this over Firewire, but MBA's don't have a Firewire port).  Both the MBA's setup assistant and the G4's migration assistant say "Looking for other computers..."

 

 

Apple Support eventually shrugged and suggested that I spend the next day or two creating a Time Machine backup (I'm not kidding about the time estimate:  that's what it took the first time I ran one, and I turned it off months ago because when it kicks in, that poor little machine comes to a standstill) and then hoping that the MBA is somehow able to see the Time Machine backup.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions that (1) involve a proper migration, not a manual copying of files and re-creation of settings and (2) have a chance of being faster than a Time Machine backup?  Has anyone else encountered this problem?


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • mthomashow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just received my new Mac Air Book today. I encountered the same problem as you. I have a desktop IMAC running 10.5.8 and the two computers won't recognize each other. This is extremely frustrating.

    Has anyone else encountered this problem and found a solution? Is there a fix in the works from Apple?

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,715 points)

    You can also transfer from a "clone" backup.  Make one via the Restore tab of Disk Utility, per #7 in Using Disk Utility, or the CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper 3rd-party apps.

     

    Did you try connecting via Ethernet (you'll need a USB-to-Ethernet adapter)?

  • sfsv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Will a "clone" backup just bring over data and settings, or is it going to replace everything?  I know I could wipe the disk and replace it with the old OS, but that's not what I want.

  • dobes918 Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)

    Be absolutely sure you have the updated migration assistant. I had enormous headaches trying to migrate from a first gen macbook running SL to my new Lion Air, but the problems resolved when I updated Migration Assistant.

  • mthomashow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm trying to move files and applications from 10.5.8 to 10.7.1

     

    As far as I can tell Migration is Assistant is updated.....there are no other files available in the Apple downloads area except those regarding Snow Leopard

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,715 points)

    sfsv wrote:

     

    Will a "clone" backup just bring over data and settings, or is it going to replace everything?  I know I could wipe the disk and replace it with the old OS, but that's not what I want.

    It will bring over everything except OSX (although you can exclude some broad categories).  See Using Setup Assistant on Lion

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,715 points)

    mthomashow wrote:

     

    I'm trying to move files and applications from 10.5.8 to 10.7.1

     

    As far as I can tell Migration is Assistant is updated.....there are no other files available in the Apple downloads area except those regarding Snow Leopard

    You can't transfer directly from Leopard to Lion via a network.  You must use Firewire, or do it from Time Machine or "clone" backups.  See Using Setup Assistant on Lion

  • sfsv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this last point.  I did finally get a Time Machine backup made, on a disk that could be physically plugged into the MBA. 

     

    It took far more hassle than I expect from Apple products, and it's real cute how they require you to hand over a credit card number to get the "free" software updates (this apparently is a special feature reserved for MobileMe customers:  tech support said that the free accounts are only available to people who aren't already paying Apple regularly), but I think it's all running correctly now except for iCal (conversion problems from the so-called upgrade to MobileMe some months ago).

  • g_hughes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got exactly the same problem.

  • GothamPhotog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    We just migrated from a black 14-inch Macbook running OS 10.6.8 to a new 15" Macbook Pro running the latest OS.

     

    We originally connected the computers via Ethernet and tried the MIgration Assistant. The new computer saw the old computer but the old computer did not see the new one and just hung. We then tried this with Firewire with the same results. We downloaded the upgrade to Migration Assistant as per someone's suggestion here but it would not install (wrong OS).

     

    My husband did not have a full/recent Time Machine backup, so I ultimately set up his old Macbook in Target mode (reboot and hold down the T key) and connected the two laptops via Firewire. You need a special cable as the new Macbook Pro has a different Firewire connection. The new computer sees the old computer as an external drive, and all files are accessible.

     

    We used Migration Assistant on the new laptop and chose to copy from a DISK rather than a computer. It popped up immediately with my husband's old computer and we selected his account and it was moved automatically (in about 5 hours). It  recreated his user account and settings, and moved over all his files.

     

    Copying everything using Migration Assistant is really the best way to go to get everything you need and have it stored where you expect to find it. Do it right away as you are starting the new computer. And if it doesn't work by choosing the computer to computer option, boot your old computer in target mode to have the new computer see it as an external drive.

     

    Then be sure to upgrade any software programs that won't work on the new OS.

     

    Best of luck!

  • RenGR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    GothamPhotog wrote:

     

    We just migrated from a black 14-inch Macbook running OS 10.6.8 to a new 15" Macbook Pro running the latest OS.

     

    We originally connected the computers via Ethernet and tried the MIgration Assistant. [...]

     

    Copying everything using Migration Assistant is really the best way to go to get everything you need and have it stored where you expect to find it. Do it right away as you are starting the new computer. And if it doesn't work by choosing the computer to computer option, boot your old computer in target mode to have the new computer see it as an external drive. [...]

    Well, MBAir poses problems, no FW. At least the oldie MBP and the newbie MBA saw one another.

    But Migration Assisstent progressed twice without fully reaching  end of process. First time it hung with about 1/2 of an 8 hr job left. Second time was Real Weird! It showed 13 min. left and then began to count backward, 14 min ..., 20 min... when it said another 01:20 left, I stopped the process. - All software freshly installed and serial numbers entered. Hours went by.

    Migrating may or may not be all that smooth. -- Ren