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#678 - 08/08/09 05:55 PM Transferring Applications from Intel to Power PC
ryck Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
I have an older G5 1.66 Ghz PowerPC on which I had to reinstall the system after erasing the drive. I now also have an Intel Core 2 Duo complete with all my applications.

I have PowerPC and Intel Time Machine backups on a single external drive.

When the PowerPC machine gets back from the shop and I want only a few of the applications on it, can I just drag them through Firewire with the PowerPC as the target? Does it make any difference that one machine is Intel?

If I need to use the Time Machine backup to get the applications, am I better off to do a complete restoration of the drive from an older backup, go through the system update to 10.5.8, and then trash the applications and data I don't need?

Thanks

ryck
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#694 - 08/08/09 10:03 PM Re: Transferring Applications from Intel to Power [Re: ryck]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
> When the PowerPC machine gets back from the shop and I want only a few of the applications on it, can I just drag them through Firewire with the PowerPC as the target? Does it make any difference that one machine is Intel?

Yes, no, and maybe...

Yes, you *can* just drag your apps from one Mac to another in FireWire target disk mode.

No, it doesn't make any difference that one Mac is Intel and the other is PPC *unless* any of your apps are *Intel only*.

And maybe, because it depends on the apps you're running...

Many, perhaps most, apps are simply installed in /Apps and create their plists and other support files on-the-fly when they are launched, but some apps, Photoshop, Office, and Little Snitch come to mind, get their hooks deeper into your system and *cannot* be copied from one Mac to another by drag & drop unless you care to track down all of their components (possibly including invisible ones) and do the job piece by piece; they must either be reinstalled from their original discs, dmgs, or whatever or installed as part of a Time Machine restoration (Edit: or installation of a non-TM backup).

> If I need to use the Time Machine backup to get the applications, am I better off to do a complete restoration of the drive from an older backup, go through the system update to 10.5.8, and then trash the applications and data I don't need?

I'd trash any apps, data, etc. I didn't want before updating, but you might want to wait for confirmation on that. (If you need any advice about pre-update maintenance please post back.)


Edited by artie505 (08/09/09 01:23 AM)
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#720 - 08/09/09 06:48 AM Re: Transferring Applications from Intel to Power [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Under the circumstances and since it is "only a few" applications I would recommend reinstalling the apps from scratch. Artie's "yes, no, maybe" answer is spot on and reinstallation neatly eliminates the questionables.
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#729 - 08/09/09 08:29 AM Re: Transferring Applications from Intel to Power [Re: ryck]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Some apps install things in other places. /Users/Shared/ for example, or /Library/Sounds/ etc. iLife for example, installs imovie and idvd themes and garageband loops in /Library. The apps will still run on another machine (probably) but won't have all their stuff. Some apps require their extras to be where they should be. A few keep a copy inside their application and will reinstall them if they're missing. (appleworks and ms office are good examples, they install any fonts they need when launched)
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#745 - 08/09/09 02:14 PM Re: Transferring Applications from Intel to Power [Re: ryck]
ryck Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Thanks artie, joemike and Virtual...I guess I'll go with installing from scratch, as I had already done with iWork and Office. There aren't that many more apps I'll want on that machine - Amadeus Pro and a few others.

There's a lazy side of me that was just hoping to avoid the updating process after installation. The upside of this is, of course, that I got to learn something new.

ryck


Edited by ryck (08/09/09 02:16 PM)
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