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Boot an Imac from on an older Imac

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The screen on my old Imac stopped working, apple said it needed a new video card. I needed an upgrade and bought the new Imac instead. I want to transfer/erase all the data on my old Imac's HD so I can sell it. Does anyone know how this can be done without a functioning screen?

I was thinking of linking the two computers with an ethernet cable and starting up the new imac while holding option. But this didnt work. Any tips anyone?


Thanks!
Running
Macbook Pro 15"
MAC OS X 10.5.8

2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
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Running
Macbook Pro 15"
MAC OS X 10.5.8

2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Reply
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Originally Posted by syrinx32123 View Post

The screen on my old Imac stopped working, apple said it needed a new video card. I needed an upgrade and bought the new Imac instead. I want to transfer/erase all the data on my old Imac's HD so I can sell it. Does anyone know how this can be done without a functioning screen?

I was thinking of linking the two computers with an ethernet cable and starting up the new imac while holding option. But this didnt work. Any tips anyone?


Thanks!

Connect the 2 iMacs. Start up the old iMac holding "T". Your old iMac should now show up on your new iMac's desktop as an external harddisk. Which you can erase/reformat with Disk Utilities.
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Note that holding down the 'T' key will get it into "Firewire Target Disk Mode" so you need to connect the two computers with a FireWire cable, not ethernet.
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Thread Starter 
thank you for your help!
Running
Macbook Pro 15"
MAC OS X 10.5.8

2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
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Running
Macbook Pro 15"
MAC OS X 10.5.8

2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Reply
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