Originally Posted by Cascadians
Aplnub, exactly how are you doing it? From which model computer? What kind of cable? or are you doing it wirelessly from Time Capsule?
I have an old iBookG4 60GB (maxed out) HD and am wondering best way to transfer data and settings.
I ran into the problem of not being able to clone directly over from SuperDuper with the unibody MacBook. Evidently, 10.6.2 for everyone without a new iMac is different for some of us with the new iMac. Since I got an i7 with the 4850, I imagine the build is different and will not be compatible across the line until 10.6.3. In other words, you can boot from an earlier version of the OS on a new piece of hardware without all the supported drivers. I got a Kernel Panic booting from my external HDD.
Now, on to your question. I cranked up Migration Assistant. MA takes a very long time. I let it run from 6 pm until I got up this morning and it was finally done.
I have a Western Digital MyBook 1TB HDD and a 2TB HDD I do my SuperDuper backups on. One drive is used once a month to make a back up and then is moved to a separate location to be stored. I used the 1TB drive for this backup and they both are USB. Normally, I prefer Firewire but they were so cheap I decided to go with USB this time.
Since I keep a bootable SuperDuper clone available, I just Migrated an existing backup disk into my new iMac. I then rebooted, logged into my account (be sure if you do it this way the migrated account has Admin privileges), and delete the account you had to create logging on to your Mac for the first time (be sure not to create the same user name that you will use on your soon to be migrated account).
Another thing to note is that I had to reload iTunes as it reported it was corrupted. After a download and reinstall, everything was fine and it picked back up with my iTunes Movie download just like normal. VMWare 3.0 also had to be reloaded. It acted like I had not updated to the latest version of 3.0 and it was up to date.
I prefer not using MA, but in this case, I had to unless I wanted to wait for 10.6.3 to come out since I use SuperDuper to create and maintain bootable clones of my HDD.
My original computer was a 24" C2D iMac Aluminum (first model in Aluminum) with the 2.8 GHz Extreme I think.
For the record, FW 400 is not present on the new iMac, only FW800. Which is fine since an adapter can be bought to be compatible with FW400.
A little scattered but I hope this helps. Feel free to ask anymore questions. I could probably put together a chart showing my steps if I had some time and you think you may need a guide.