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|Migrating PPC to Intel - connecting two Macs via External HD|
|(from a reader mail this weekend - if you're just looking to simply migrate files over to a new mac, you can just use Migration assistant and FW target disk mode - see Apple docs such as OS X 10.4 Help: Using Migration Assistant to transfer files, Intel-based Mac: Some migrated applications may need to be updated and other migration assistant support docs.)
"Migrating PPC to Intel - connecting two Macs via External HD
Just thought I would drop you a line about a problem and my solution. Recently, a friend asked me to do a fresh install of 10.4 on his white 24" iMac 2.33 and to hold the iMac for a couple of weeks for testing, etc. Having formatted, installed and updated his system to 10.4.10, I wanted to test my set up on the iMac but without touching the internal HD on the iMac. I run a Powermac MDD on an internal HD which has had OSX installed since 10.1 and always updated (never fresh installed) through 10.2, 10.3 and now 10.4.10.
I initially partitioned an external FW drive into two, but could not format one partition for Intel and the other for PowerPC, the intention being to clone the PM-MDD on one partition and the iMac on the other, then to migrate from one to the other. After messing about for ages, I used this solution:
I reformatted the external HD for the Intel iMac and cloned the freshly installed system. I then started up the iMac from the external HD, connected the (switched-off) PM-MDD to the 2nd firewire400 port on the external HD (start up drive) and started-up the PM-MDD in Target Disk mode.
To my surprise (and delight) the PM-MDD appeared on the iMac desktop as an external drive (connected via the external HD!). I then used
Apple's Migration Assistant to migrate from the PM-MDD to the external HD (I had to endure the PM-MDD's fans at full speed for just under 90 minutes for 80GB transfer).
I then powered down everything, re-cabled and started up the iMac from the external HD in root, deleted the original user leaving my account as the only user and re-booted. Everything works fine, and even all the PowerPC-only apps work great. The internal HD remains untouched and uncontaminated.
Apple iLife 08 and iWorks are just not useable on my 1Ghz PM-MDD and I am now seriously considering upgrading to an Intel-based Mac (torn
between 2.66 GHz Mac Pro and 2.8GHz iMac 24"). Once I get the new Mac, setting it up will be an absolute breeze as I now have a fully functioning system on the external HD.
Wednesday's news has More Notes/Tips on PPC to Intel Mac Migration Assistant.
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|Mac Drive Upgrades/Compatibility Database Updated|
|The Drive Compatibility Database had 4 more reports added today. Current total - 16,247. (Searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first) iApps burn support mentioned in optical drive/burner reports unless otherwise noted.
DVD+R/RW + DVD-R/RW Drives:
- IDE Pioneer DVR-112D (added as 2nd opt. drive) in Mac Pro (OS X 10.4.10)
- USB LG GSA-E40N used w/G5 Tower (OS X 10.4.10)
(noted buffer underrun errors with Toast 7. Drive also supports DVD-RAM.)
Combo Drives (DVD-ROM + CD burner)
- Exp. Bay (IDE) Panasonic/Matshita UJDA-765 in PowerBook G3 Lombard (OS X 10.3.x)
(Use Patchburn 3 for 10.3.x iApps burn support.)
- IDE LG GDR-8164B (16x DVD/52x CDROM) in B&W G3 (OS X 10.4, OS 9.1)
(Illustrated Optical drive install guide here covers B&W G3 Macs, G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model and Beige G3 Minitower)
You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). The database includes reports on DVD +/-R, CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters).
If you've added a IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB, or SCSI, hard drive, Optical drive/burner, NAS (including Airport Extreme base connected USB drive), tape drive, etc., send me the details (drive info/mac model/OS used, etc. - *Please take a minute to test for booting from CD with Optical drives*. Thanks.)
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