Hey guys, just for those who were curious about the transition progress - here's a detailed update.
I've successfully moved all my datas from the older machine which was a 2.16GHz CoreDuo MacBook Pro to the newer released machine a Core2Duo 2.33GHz 17". Only reason for moving was that the previous monitor was giving me problems with some kind of fungus growth. It got to distractful not to complain about. I learnt from Apple Support that they no longer stock the older monitor for replacement and probably due to the different power usage with the newer C2D machine, they just couldn't make me a monitor swap; thus the whole machine instead. I thanked em - no doubt.
I had different advise from various groups on how to do the transition. Many suggested the Transfer mode when you install in a new OS but the issue here of course was that I did not have my older machine to do that. Thus the other possible options was to create a Disk Image or a Clone of the original machine's hard drive. I chose the latter for easy access. I have a spare Lacie 500GB external Hard Drive sitting around as my backup so I used that. (They were going cheap at EU120 thus no reason to not stock em in-house.) Using Data Rescue II v.1 I made a total clone of the drive. Took 2.5hrs to get everything mirrored onto the new Lacie and it utilised the whole ext hard drive space even though MBP drive was only 120GB in size. Somebody have to explain to me why this's so. Guess I could have made a partition of the Lacie prior to this.
Once that was done, scheduled TNT Courier picked up my old machine. Of course for security sake, I did a whole OS clean install on that machine. Don't wanna risk anything even if its going back straight to Apple.
The new machine came few days later, fresh in sealed box and all peripherals intact (thus now I have doubles of remote, power brick, DVI/VGA converter, DVD manual) didn't look no different. All except for the new Gloss screen, new C2D processor, faster processor and bigger HD! I watched the Blockbuster OSX video thru, sat down with my tea and cookie and threw popcorn in the microwave... Did the whole registration process until when I choked when the transfer window option popped up. It reads, [b]CONNECT FIREWIRE CABLE[/b].... [i]Sweet mother or Maradona??!!![/i] I used a Porsche Lacie external drive - [b]with USB[/b].... [i]limp.[/i]
I died for a few seconds...
WTF?!! I plugged the USB cable in anyways... and had all 10 fingers crossed!! And waited for a miracle. Silence... and then... [i]Maradona's mom a rockin legend! [/i][b]FIREWIRE CABLE DETECTED![/b] Don't ask. But it worked. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took a good 2 hours to transfer everything back in. It sees the Lacie as an external machine which have Data, Application and Preferences waiting to be transfered. Sweet!!
All transfered fine except for my MOTU driver which scrambled some MIDI error when I tried starting Logic. I did a reinstall and it worked fine. Strangely Pro Tools Application transfered everything completely fine. Some other applications asked for Serial Re-Registration but on the whole. All audio programs transfered well. Just past 4 hours from the time I got this new machine at the door, iIt now felt like my old machine never left. The whole thing works brighter and smoother with old preferences intact, Mail, wallpaper and even widgets - all exact replica of the latter. I did Disk Permission repair for safety and all was dandy.
I'm keeping that Lacie external drive for a couble more days before I swipe it all clean again to serve another day. Until when I'm 200% sure that everything on this machine is working fine. So there's my report. 3rd day running now and its smoother than ever.
Thanks Martin and other's who helped with the move.
Macs! Gota love the surprises... especially with that Firewire connection.
[i]* Dude, I don't know Maradona's mom. But she's been my lady luck.[/i]