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One way to migrate data from a non-FireWire Mac
Authored by: menace690 on Jan 17, '07 11:28:43AM

Could have saved yourself a lot of time by hooking them up with an ethernet cable and using Appleshare to share out the old mac's disk. Then you could use that shared disk as the source for the rest of your hint.



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One way to migrate data from a non-FireWire Mac
Authored by: ephramz on Jan 17, '07 11:48:45AM

Yeah? Is Ethernet really faster than USB 1.0? Or does it just save time in that you're only doing one copy, computer to computer, not computer to disk and disk to computer? I didn't realize MIgration Assistant can work off a network shared disk.



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One way to migrate data from a non-FireWire Mac
Authored by: ephramz on Jan 17, '07 11:59:03AM

Hmm, I just tried that in Migration Assistant with a shared volume that has system files on it and it doesn't recognize it for copying from.



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One way to migrate data from a non-FireWire Mac
Authored by: mm2270 on Jan 17, '07 02:16:35PM

Ethernet won't work for using Migration Assistant, but will work fine for a straight data copy.
I had a situation even worse than the one outlined here. I helped a user migrate from an old crusty beige G3 tower (no USB or FW connections to be seen; only ADB and Enet) over to a new Intel iMac. I just brought over a small ethernet switch, turned on filesharing on the G3, connected both Macs to the switch and mounted the G3s HDD on the iMac and copied away. Took a long time, mostly because the G3 was in horrific shape (directory structure hadn't been cleaned up in ages, etc) but eventually got all the important data over. Since the G3 was still running OS 9, there was no account to be migrated, so Migration Assistant would have been useless even if it had FW.



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