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  • 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 install of the OS on the AlBook; the factory install includes OS 9 and Classic mode. If you boot the AlBook off of the OS CDs, you can reformat the hard drive to not include OS 9 drivers. This will prevent OS 9 from being installed. You might be able to recover some disk space by not installing things that you'll probably never use, like help files localized for Thai.

    Next (Step 2), Boot the iBook in FireWire drive mode, and create a disk image of you home directory using DiskCopy (New -> Image from Folder or Volume). Chances are that anything you'd want to preserve is either in $HOME, /Applications, or easily reinstalled (/Developer, /System).

    From here (Step 3), you can mount the disk image of your old home directory and psync/copy whatever you want. (This is a good opportunity to reorgainze $HOME, if you want.) Not only do you have your old $HOME online, but you have a backup as well. I'm assuming that the AlBook will have enough disk space for your disk images as well as what you copy off of them. If not, back it up onto a FireWire drive or something.

    Finally (Step 4), just reformat and reinstall the OS on the iBook when you're confident you have everything backed up or otherwise accounted for. Oh, and be kind and try to bring it up-to-date with softwareupdate first. :-) (This is why I make sure to download updates before I install them...)