7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 12, 2012 11:48 AM by BDAqua
MacAddict Level 1 Level 1

Hi,

I have a Power Mac G4 MDD (Mirrored Drive Door) with Leopard (10.5.8) installed. I'm trying to migrating my info on the G4 to a new iMac (mid 2011) with Lion.

 

I first attempted to transfer my info via Migration assistant and a firewire cable. The computers saw each other and started the process, but hung at "5 hours remaining" for over 24 hours. I tried a second time with same results. I then tried reinstalling Lion on the new iMac and attempted migration via Setup Assistant instead. This time the iMac would not see the G4. I then did some research and downloaded the Migration assistant update for Leopard. Definitely thought this would be the solution and was stunned that the iMac will still not see the G4. Went back to Migration assistant again and no luck there either. Lastly, tried booting the G4 into Firewire target disk mode (no problem), but the iMac still does not see the G4.

 

I'm so frustrated at this point. Am REALLY trying to avoid having to manually transfer everything over and would just quit and do that at this point, but am confused by the fact that both machines were initially able to communicate (which did not result in sucessful migration, but at least the two machines saw each other at one time).

 

To recap, what happens now is:

 

Setup Assistant & Migration Assistant: iMac does not see the G4, but G4 DOES see iMac

Firewire Target disk mode: G4 goes into tdm no problem, but iMac continually looks for G4 and will not connect.

(Have downloaded to the G4 migration assistant update for Leopard: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1434)

 

I have so many hours into this process, it's unbelievable. I really need some help. Thanks ahead!

~Michelle

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hi Michelle,

    I first attempted to transfer my info via Migration assistant and a firewire cable. The computers saw each other and started the process, but hung at "5 hours remaining" for over 24 hours.

    Hmmm, was this FW Network it sounds like?

     

    The best way is to put the G4 in Target mode...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

     

    Then only the new iMac needs to run Setup Assistant or Migration Assistant, but you don't choose from another computer, you choose from a Time Machine or other Disk, because now the G4 is only a Big FW Hard Drive.

  • MacAddict Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the response. No problem getting the G4 in FW target disk mode and yes- sorry forgot to mention-I  chose the option to have the iMac connect to a time machine or other disk with the G4 in target disk mode and it does not work. Still looking for help -

    Thanks,

    Michelle

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    OK, run Disk Utility especially on the G4, Validate Disk, not Validate Permissions, see if the G4's drive needs repair.

  • MacAddict Level 1 Level 1

    Just ran disk utility, repaired a couple of minor errors, tried FW target disk mode again & nothing :(

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hmmm, we have an unkown problem then...

     

    OPen Console in Utilities & either warch for clues when you try again, or check the system log for the Date/Time of the failure.

  • MacAddict Level 1 Level 1

    I just decided to proceed with the setup assistant on the iMac and choose "don't transfer now," just so I could verify that the FW disk was appearing and its NOT. The G4 is clearly in TDM, but the iMac is not registering it. I'm now wondering if my FW cable (though brand new) went bad. How can I test for this? Thanks

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    I've seen a few new cables be bad, but not many.

     

    Have you tried replugging the FW cable Live?

     

    Nothing shows in Disk Utility?

     

    No other FW devices connected?