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Old Jun 18th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #1
 
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transfer G4 mac mini to 20" intel imac

I just bought a aluminum 20" intel imac to replace my g4 mac mini ... what is the best way to transfer my files over to the imac? is migration assistant the best method or should I do it manually? any advice would be helpful ...
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Old Jun 18th, 2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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I just bought a aluminum 20" intel imac to replace my g4 mac mini ... what is the best way to transfer my files over to the imac? is migration assistant the best method or should I do it manually? any advice would be helpful ...
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will there be any rosetta issues?
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will there be any rosetta issues?
Not sure what you mean by Rosetta "issues." Rosetta is the technology behind allowing PPC applications to run on Intel-based Macs. Some PPC apps will have issues, some won't (most won't). Whether or not you transfer your data via Migration Assistant or manually doesn't minimize or amplify the kind of issues you may experience running PPC-only applications on your new iMac. In fact, if anything, a manual transfer may not be performed properly by the user unlike a transfer completed via the Migration Assistant, which would then create additional issues.

My opinion stays the same -- use the Migration Assistant. Simple, straight forward, no work or thinking involved. Your new iMac will look identical to your Mac mini after using Migration Assistant and after it boots to the desktop thereafter.
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Assuming you didn't use any tools like XSlimmer, or Monolingual to strip out the Intel based code, most should migrate and not require rosetta if they are univeral apps.
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ok, I will try using migration assistant tonight then ...

I was just trying to make sure that there was not going to be any issues with the PPC to intel

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ok, I will try using migration assistant tonight then ...

I was just trying to make sure that there was not going to be any issues with the PPC to intel

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You mainly have to worry bout any applications that are not considered 'universal' code, meaning they're strictly PPC, most newer programs now days are universal meaning they have PPC and Intel code, and just run whichever platform they are on.

If it is strictly PPC then it has to deal with rosetta when running (you won't notice it being too much different, the program should open like you've always opened it, it just may be slower, though not slower than when on your mac mini), which normally isn't a big deal for most programs.

However even some intel based programs have problems with 10.5 leopard which I'm assuming is what you got on the new mac, so some caution there, meaning if one of your apps won't work you'll have to wait for it to be updated.
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