Thanks Eric for that quick response ... I read that before - that's when my stress began - finding that because my old computer is so dated Migration Assistant isn't recommended or supported between those two OS ... .so basically just want to know if I'm reading this right .... they say to backup Documents, Music, Finder, etc.... I did duplicate those and placed on my old desktop ... having never done this before, I'm just asking if once I connect the two iMacs with an ethernet- will I be able to just drag those backups to the new desktop and then just replace my new folders with those from my old iMac? ...those are too large to transfer with CDs - so how can I transfer those from one computer to the other .... thanks again in advance ...
The problem that you are going to run into is connecting both computers, you can only use FireWire to connect the two computers together to use Migration Assistant, your new iMac has no FireWire ports only USB 3 and Thunderbolt ports. You can buy a FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter to connect the two computers.
If you connect the two computers together on your network you will be able to drag and drop the folders. Migration Assistant is design do do all the work for you.
I just looked at that solution and see that the Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter requires OS X v10.7.4 ... so that lets me out again- I'm using 10.4.11 ... I think maybe it's just easiest to just start my new iMac fresh without the old computer and just manually transfer what I can with what I have on CDs... I was hoping there would be an easier way ... are you also saying that there's no point to connect the two with an ethernet line? Having never done that I was hoping that would place hard my old drive icon onto the new iMac and then I could just drag what I needed from that ... that sounds logical but I guess I was just naive ... I also read somewhere that with Migration
Assistant you have to transfer all the applications or none- some of my applications are old and not supported anymore and I didn't want to load the new iMac with those... My old CS2 has been faithfull to me- but I can't use that on the new machine ... so I just purchased the cheaper Elements 11 and hope that will still meet my needs ...
I just looked at that solution and see that the Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter requires OS X v10.7.4 ... so that lets me out again- I'm using 10.4.11 ...
That will not limit its use with your new iMac.
You will need to boot your Tiger iMac in FireWire Target Disk Mode - hold the T key while starting your older Mac. You can use Setup Assistant (or Migration Assistant). From the new iMac's perspective the old Mac will appear to be an external disk.
When asked "How do you want to transfer your information" select "From a Mac, PC, Time Machine backup or other disk" then click Continue. On the next screen be sure to select "From a Time Machine backup or other disk" and not "From a Mac or PC".
Otherwise, Migration Assistant will look forever for your other Mac.