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10.4: Use the Migration Assistant with USB disks Install
Tiger only hintI recently replaced the hard drive in my girlfriend's iBook. After removing the old drive, I put it in a USB external enclosure. While I was installing OS 10.4 onto her machine, the Migration Assistant appeared. It allows you to transfer file from another partition or another Mac via FireWire. However, it says nothing about USB. I plugged in the old hard drive via USB and tried it just for kicks.

It worked!

So despite the apparent lack of support, you can transfer your stuff via USB as well as FireWire. Hope it helps.
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10.4: Use the Migration Assistant with USB disks
Authored by: ghinteclinn on Jun 08, '05 12:27:04PM

I'm almost certain that this isn't a 10.4 only hint.

The Migration Assistant will work with almost any mountable disk device. The exception I've found is systems with two internal drives (like the G5 towers). It will not recognize the other disk in the system as being an "old Mac".



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10.4: Use the Migration Assistant with USB disks
Authored by: volvoguy on Jun 11, '05 03:19:10AM

That's great news as I intend to do the same thing when the 100Gb drives reach a reasonable pricepoint. Although somewhat off-topic, can you share any online resources documenting the drive swap? I've already added RAM and had to replace the keyboard, so I've had it a little bit apart, but I'm sure the hard drive replacement is significantly more complex. Thanks!



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