That was damn fast. I ordered late last week and most of the pieces have already arrived. Wow!

I have the machine, extra ram from, 40GB iPod, iSight, and a few adaptors sitting in my cube now.

Kick Ass

Now I need to figure out how to move all my important data (iTunes, Mail, etc.) to the new machine. Hopefully I can do some sort of Mac rsync to copy my home directory over and be done with it.

Anyone know?

Posted by jzawodn at May 04, 2004 02:38 PM

Reader Comments
# Justin Williams said:

You can get an app called RsyncX ( to do that.

I also wrote a tutorial on data synchronization for that may be of use to you: (

Hope that helps.

on May 4, 2004 02:47 PM
# Mike said:

Jeremy, one really cool thing with MacOS is Target mode. Connect your 2 mac with a standard FireWire cable. Then restart your old Mac while pressing the T key. Doing so, you will be able to use your old machine as a simple remote disk with FireWire connection "speed of light". And do your rsync things (the remote disk is available in /Volumes) or, more simple, drap and drop files from your home directory. I use this method to backup huge files or restore machines after repair. No better method as it's the fastest and easiest way to access another disk.

on May 4, 2004 03:06 PM
# Jonathan Disher said:

Don't forget to de-authenticate your old machine in iTunes - that's a real pain to fix later.

Other than that, well... I covet the powerbook :)

on May 4, 2004 03:13 PM
# Travis said:

I'm a real fan of Carbon Copy Cloner

on May 4, 2004 03:41 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Tim Bray found an excellent way to do this.

on May 4, 2004 03:41 PM
# ben said:

I have used Carbon Copy Cloner 10+ times without any problems. It's very easy.

You should repartition your drive first into two partitions, imho.

on May 4, 2004 03:56 PM
# Kevin Fox said:

One more vote for Carbon Copy Cloner. Put your old brain into a new case.

on May 4, 2004 04:17 PM
# Charles said:

Another vote for Carbon Copy Cloner. It's insanely great. One particularly non-obvious virtue of CCC is the ability to clone a drive to a compressed .dmg file, it's great for backups. I wanted to archive my Pismo system and apps, at 8Gb it wouldn't fit onto a DVDR, so I did the CCC compressed .dmg trick expecting it might get down to under 4.4Gb. I was astonished when it finished at 1.8Gb.

on May 4, 2004 05:16 PM
# Brad Choate said:

Your iTunes files-- do you have any FairPlay media? Do you need to deauthorize the files for your old computer before you transfer them to the new computer? I'm a little fuzzy on this point-- never had to do it before. Or just PlayFair 'em all and be done with it.

on May 4, 2004 06:05 PM
# Fergus said:

Target Disk is a great idea, but instead of dragging everything over by hand use Deja Vu which puts an interface on psync. You'll be done in a jiffy.

on May 4, 2004 06:59 PM
# Pete Prodoehl said:

I just did an upgrade from a G4 running Jaguar to a G5 running Panther, and it didn't go too smooth, mainly due to (I think) the fact that the UID I had one the old Mac was 501 and on the new one was 504. (Don't ask!) I'm not enough of a *nix geek to know if that was the exact problem, but all my permissions were screwed up the on the first attempt. I would have just cloned/ditto'd the drive, but was changing OS versions as well in the upgrade. Anyway, ditto and target disk mode were my friends...

Things are going smooth now, and another day of cpan and fink madness, and I'll be ready to go!

on May 5, 2004 07:58 AM
# randy stewart said:

I actually just got the same powerbook and had the same problem. Unfortunately, I'm not the engineery type, and I did it all manually. The smart thing that I did was rather than using Target Disk Mode, was that I used Firewire as the network cable.

Hook your two computers up via firewire, go into the network prefs and switch them both to use firewire exclusively. This was a little flakey (network hung a couple of times) for me, but damn, it was fast.

on May 5, 2004 12:30 PM
# Buzz Andersen said:

Re: FairPlay files

There is nothing about the iTMS-bought files that needs to change when you move them from one machine to another. The only thing that changes is whether or not iTunes thinks its authorized to play them. To get iTunes to think it's authorized, you need to authorize the new machine through the music store (which, of course, it will only allow you to do on five distinct machines).

So, basically, to move to another machine, all you have to do is authorize it (and, potentially, deauthorize another machine if you're at your max).

on May 5, 2004 02:31 PM
# rayg said:

rsyncx worked for me also. i'm waiting to give sync a try:

btw, did you check for white spots or uneven illumination yet? i have a mild case of both (along with a sticking key and incessant speaker static) and am waiting to get an external drive to back up before sending it in.

on May 5, 2004 09:34 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


I havne't checked yet. Still in the box. I have a couple things I really ought to do first.

on May 5, 2004 09:59 PM
# treadmills said:

Carbon Copy Cloner Version 2.0 also offers enhancements for lab administrators, including the option to run pre and post-flight shell scripts, the ability to modify the list of items to be removed at the end of a clone, and the ability to create a disk image on the fly.

on May 9, 2004 02:34 PM
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