4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 9, 2007 5:09 AM by Thompsound
Thompsound Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I wish to upgrade to a MacPro or new MacBook.

The hard drive on my PowerBook G4 packed up a while ago. After replacing the hard drive I was able to add the whole system to the new Powerbook hard drive from an external hard drive I'd backed the original system to.

So, my question is does anyone know whether it is possible to transfer the whole system to a new MacBook or MacPro in the same way I was able to transfer my whole system in the way just outlined.

I ask this in case there is an issue with the new Intel Processors when trying to do this.

If anyone knows I'd be most grateful.

Regards,

Billy.

15 Powerbook 1.5Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Lower memory slot not working.
  • 1. Re: Is it possible to restore from a G4 Powerbook to a new MacPro
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)
    No - your moving from PPC OS and applications to Intel Universal Binary.

    You can transfer your data and preference settings with Migration Assistant (but avoid importing any applications, those need to be reinstalled).

    Buy a 2nd SATA drive and clone your original system before you make changes, you'll be glad you have an emergency boot drive to use with Disk Warrior and such.

    Search for "Migration" on the forum.
  • 2. Re: Is it possible to restore from a G4 Powerbook to a new MacPro
    William Rivas Level 5 Level 5 (4,225 points)
    I wish to upgrade to a MacPro or new MacBook.

    The hard drive on my PowerBook G4 packed up a while
    ago. After replacing the hard drive I was able to add
    the whole system to the new Powerbook hard drive from
    an external hard drive I'd backed the original system
    to.

    So, my question is does anyone know whether it is
    possible to transfer the whole system to a new
    MacBook or MacPro in the same way I was able to
    transfer my whole system in the way just outlined.

    I ask this in case there is an issue with the new
    Intel Processors when trying to do this.

    If anyone knows I'd be most grateful.

    Regards,

    Billy.


    Is it possible? Of course it is. The thing is will the transfered OS be stable and free of erratic behavior?

    That question has been answered by a few as NO. I tried it by transferring my Power Mac G5 system over to my Mac Pro.

    It worked but I was experiencing some odd behavior. I would do as the Hatter says. Backup your drive (clone) it onto a new drive in your Mac Pro or onto an external drive. Just to pull things off of.

    You can of course try it and let us know what happens.

    I ended up doing a clean install on all my applications and I do not regret it...

    Good luck!

    William
  • 3. Re: Is it possible to restore from a G4 Powerbook to a new MacPro
    blayzay Level 3 Level 3 (630 points)
    Welcome Thompsound i'll second what Hatter said.
    I done it from G4-Mac-Pro, it work like a charm, Migration that is then reintall my apps.

    Fr.BlayZay.
  • 4. Re: Is it possible to restore from a G4 Powerbook to a new MacPro
    Thompsound Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank you for your assistance guys,

    When I get my Mac Pro I'll give these suggestions a go.

    If you all read this perhaps you could help me with this related issue:

    I've just bought a Mac Mini (1.42 GHz PPC G4 OS10.4) from a friend and wish to restore from the same back-up volume I mentioned in my original question (a bootable back-up on a firwire drive of my G4 Powerbook 1.67GHz).

    When I attempt to restore from the firewire drive I am told that:

    An error (16) occurred while copying (Resource busy).

    For some reason there does seem to be some activity on my eternal drive but it's not being asked to do anything...

    Any suggestions?

    Many thanks,

    Billy.