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eridium
10-06-2006, 05:45 AM
I have an old G4 PowerBook and a G5 iMac. The iMac gets the most use as it's fast and has a large internal HD, while the 60GB PB is for web surfing in bed. But I have to go away for a few months and my PB will be my main computer. All of my updated info, from contacts to iTunes, are on my G5. Same for my apps (CS 2 and a few others). How can I get my PowerBook "up to date" from my G5?

Can I just dupe my user folder?

One possibility: I'm going to take with me a 250GB external FW HD, same size as my G5's internal. Maybe I can use a program like Synchronize Pro or ChronoSync to put my iMac's system onto the external HD.

Running 10.4.7 -- thanks for any hints.

Photek
10-06-2006, 07:04 AM
if it was me.... which its not!

I would be tempted to use 'migration assistant'........... let make a new user account on your PB with all the iMacs info on it........ let it do all the work for you for free!!

aalegado
10-06-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm a big fan of Synchronize Pro (been using it since 1996 or so) but I have to agree with the post about the Migration Assistant...I used that tool when I set-up my Mac Mini using my PowerBook as the source and it worked perfectly. My Mac Mini ended up looking like a clone of my PowerBook (application, user data, prefs, etc.) which is exactly what you expect to happen.

As far as Synchronize Pro is concerned, I use it on a daily basis to keep several large document folders as well as my iTunes and iPhoto libraries identiical on my three main Macs (iMac G5 and the aforementioned Mac Mini and PowerBook G4 12"). This works well with iTunes in particular since I can connect my iPods to any of my Macs and they all act as if they are the Mac/iTunes to which that iPod is associated with.

I also use Synchronize Pro to periodically back-up my entire home directory on my iMac to a file server (about 60GB of data). Given that Synchronize Pro can handle the back-up to my file server, I'd expect it to work Mac-to-Mac. If you run into file-busy issues (since both Macs would be logged-in) you might have to put you PowerBook into Target Disk mode and do the synch via Firewire (which is basically what you have to do with Migration Assistant, btw).

eridium
10-06-2006, 05:18 PM
Thanks Photek and Alex, great suggestions.

Migration assistant sounds good, but this got me thinking:

I'm a big fan of Synchronize Pro (been using it since 1996 or so) but I have to agree with the post about the Migration Assistant...I used that tool when I set-up my Mac Mini using my PowerBook as the source and it worked perfectly. My Mac Mini ended up looking like a clone of my PowerBook (application, user data, prefs, etc.) which is exactly what you expect to happen.

As far as Synchronize Pro is concerned, I use it on a daily basis to keep several large document folders as well as my iTunes and iPhoto libraries identiical on my three main Macs (iMac G5 and the aforementioned Mac Mini and PowerBook G4 12"). This works well with iTunes in particular since I can connect my iPods to any of my Macs and they all act as if they are the Mac/iTunes to which that iPod is associated with.

This sounds good, but I'm unsure which of the two I should use. Okay, basically I can force my iMac's user/home directory onto my PowerBook's, overwriting anything on the PowerBook because the PowerBook contains old data and is anyhow what my iMac was a year ago. Can I just use Synchronize Pro to write over the PowerBook?

Or should I run Migration assistant to do this?

Basically I want to move over my user folder (31GB on my iMac) to my PowerBook along with my Applications (13GB).

So my iMac has:
Users: 31GB
Applications: 13GB = 44GB

My PowerBooks has:
Users: 21GB
Applications: 5 GB
Free space: 19 GB = 45GB

I'm sure there are a few gigs of data, porn, etc that I can get rid of off my PowerBook to make the iMac's contents fit on the laptop. How can I do this? I don't reformat my PowerBook, right? I just want to overwrite the users + applications. (I'm the only user, so there's no need to preserve the old user data)

I have no problem setting the PowerBook into Firewire disk mode and rewriting, but I just want to ensure that everything will work. Thanks for any tips! PS I have to get this done today -- I leave for the airport at 7am tomorrow PST. (Yes, I know, last minute stupidity but I hope this won't be too hard.)

eridium
10-06-2006, 09:31 PM
Follow-up question:

How do I get Migration assistant started up? (I know it's in utilities/migration assistant) Do I run it from the PowerBook or the iMac? And which device goes into Firewire disk mode for the procedure?

The thing is, I need for the target PowerBook to have its users and applications overwritten, otherwise there simply isn't enough space. And I feel weary about deleting then installing. What would be the best method?

Thanks! (Need to do this in the next few hours)

eridium
10-06-2006, 10:55 PM
To simplify the question:

Since I'm running out of time, is there just a way I can transfer over my apps without having to type in every single serial number?

ThreeDee
10-06-2006, 11:21 PM
I'm tired, being up at ~12:25, but:
http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/migration.html

The Mac you want the files moved to will run the assistant, and the other computer will be in target disk mode. I'm 99.9% sure that the assistant moves your pref files over too, so your serials should be spared.

eridium
10-06-2006, 11:29 PM
Thanks ThreeDee for the late reply,

Does that mean I can just copy over the apps and copy over my /users/me/Library folder and my apps will then run? (Without having to run the migration assistant)

The problem with Migration Assistant seems to be that it will move over my iMac user without overwriting my old PowerBook user ... and so the hard drive on my target PowerBook will be too small for the procedure. :-(