> 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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