I'm buying a the new Macbook Pro core2duo soon and I wanted to have an exact setup especially my applications from my G5. I have a 250GB firewire backup partitioned to 2 drives (MacHD and working files). Is Migration assistant the answer? or do I have to use SuperDuper to clone my G5?
The problem is I won't be able to get an access to my G5 when I get the macbook as it will be sold before I get the macbook. Can I use the external backup in Migration Assistant? and be able to clone my backup to the Macbook?
Yes, you can use your external backup as Migration Assn't will look for another volume to import from.
Be aware that in order to have a bootable clone on your external drive, once your Apps/Docs/Preferences and all other data has been transferred onto your MBP, you will need to reformat your ext. drive as a GUID partition scheme otherwise it will not boot off an Intel Mac. You can use Disk Utility for this.
I made a backup of my mac system and working files in a 250GB with 2 partitions. I first used the disk utility and format it as MacOS Extended (Journaled). Then I open Super duper. Do the setup, repair permissions and set MacHDbk(backup) as Startup disk. I did the backup, restarted the computer. After restart, it stopped on the plain white background. I didn't even hear my harddrive spinning. No apple logo in the monitor. Then after few minutes, my G5 sounded like its going to take off. Any reason behind this issue? theories?
I'm going to use another external drive and format it without partitions. I'll see if this will work.
Another question, I opened the Migration Asst. app, chose the option "transfer to another volume from this Mac with OSX." It detected my external drive that I used from SuperDuper. Then I cancel the process. Does this option better than using the SuperDuper?
Are you trying to boot off your external drive using your new MacBook Pro? If so, it will not work because of the different partition schemes. You created that backup with a Power PC (Apple Partition Scheme) and your new Mac is an Intel (GUID Partition Scheme).
If this is the case, then just transfer everything over using Migration Assn't and as MacDoc stated, bring the OS up to date, once the transfer has been completed. Use it for a while to make sure all the apps work properly and that you are satisfied. Keep the backup on your external, as is, until your certain the MBP works properly.
If this is not the case, then perhaps the chipset on the external drive does not allow it to boot up using firewire. Have you ever tried booting up from this external drive after doing a backup in the past? Do you know for certain that it booted up with your G5?
Seems to me that the simplest solution is to use Migration Assn't.