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Antoine Quint is an SVG Consultant and Research Engineer at Fuchsia Design in Paris, France, where he lives with his cat Stig Elmer. He also likes to tell people about XML and SVG at conferences held in nice places, write his "Sacré SVG!" column for XML.com and attend meetings of the W3C SVG Working Group -- to which he is an invited expert. He's also got a book in the works with his friend Robin Berjon.

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Wednesday February 05, 2003
04:04 PM

Migrating OS X

[ #10419 ]

I keep asking OS X questions here, but you guys know so much. Anyway, I am in the process of buying a new 12" PowerBook. I'm giving the iBook away to an old buddy.

I'm pretty happy with the setup I got on my iBook. What I'm looking for is a solution to migrate all my data, programs, preferences, etc to the new PowerBook. I also have an external FireWire drive to help me. Here's a scenario I thought about:

- Boot the iBook in FireWire drive mode from the PowerBook - create a gzipped tarball of my complete iBook hard drive - move that tarball to the FireWire drive - Boot the PowerBook in FireWire mode from the iBook - erase all contents of the PowerBook and unzip the tarball on the blank PowerBook hard drive

I've got no clue if that would work. How about the .Mac synchronization, can I use it for that purpose. Help much appreciated here!

-- junior

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  • Don't do that! (Score:2, Informative)

    You'll kill all the HFS+ specific "extras" if you use tar (resource forks, some file attributes,...). There are some rewrites of standard utilities that will take this stuff into account (hfspax, hfstar and so forth), but you're probably better going with either Carbon Copy Cloner or psync. See

    http://versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=13260&db=mac

    or

    http://search.cpan.org/dist/MacOSX-File/bin/psync

    respectively. (Dan Kogai, author of MacOSX-File, has a nice series of pages outlining the problems and
    • Right, my last two hops from powerbook to powerbook have basically been:
      • Boot the new powerbook in firewire mode
      • Plug it in to my old powerbook
      • sudo psync -d / /Volume/NewPowerbookName
      • Unmount the disk
      • Reboot
      • (Sometimes) if the new machine doesn't boot, the old kernel isn't compatible. Install OSX again on the new machine, preserving the previous system folder so you can drag junk around.

      That last step eluded me until I figured out what was going on. Now I'm happy.

      --
      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
  • Here's a scenario I thought about:

    • Boot the iBook in FireWire drive mode from the PowerBook
    • create a gzipped tarball of my complete iBook hard drive
    • move that tarball to the FireWire drive
    • Boot the PowerBook in FireWire mode from the iBook
    • erase all contents of the PowerBook and unzip the tarball on the blank PowerBook hard drive

    OK on the first step, but you're thinking too UNIX-y from there on out. :-)

    If I were switching my one-and-only Mac to another one-and-only Mac, I'd start with a fresh inst

  • A friend of mine just bought a 17" powerbook. After seeing that the 12" just looks, well, small.

    Mind you, after seeing the 17" powerbook, all laptops look small to me now :-)