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Ask Max: I'm struggling to transfer files from my old G4 to my new(ish) G5 iMac

Asked on 09/14/2010:


I just got a refurbished iMac G5 from PowerMax which works great. When I tried to transfer files over a firewire connection from my old G4 to my new(ish) G5, however, I got the message that the G4 didn't have system 10 on it.

I know that's not true: it has OS 10.5.8 on it, and is set up to start up using that system (so it is not a dual boot problem). It tells me the firewire connection has been made, and I am following the Setup Assistant directions to the letter.

What could be the problem here? Would the fact that the G5 only has 10.4 and the G4 has 10.5.8 be problematic? Or is it something else?




I have a special fondness for the G5 iMac. One thing to check is to see if you have two drives installed in your old G4. It could be that you have a old drive or data drive installed as the Master drive in your G4. If that is the case, you may need to remove the none-booting drive and then try again. 9 times out of 10 that is the problem when you see that error.

- Jacob

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