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rcmorgan540
Jul 21, 2011, 08:55 AM
How should I go about transferring the data from my older (2009) MBP to my new air? In the past I have used migration assistant, but I can't do that without an ethernet port. I do have a large external usb hard drive to make a backup. Any suggestions? Would a complete time machine backup be good? It will also be going from Snow Leopard to Lion. Thanks in advance for any help.



simsaladimbamba
Jul 21, 2011, 08:58 AM
Can this help?

Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6: How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3322)
Pro Tip of the Week: Move All Your Stuff to a New Mac — Quick (http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/migration.html)
Migration Assistant - Use Migration Assistant to Copy Data from a Previous OS (http://macs.about.com/od/leopard105/ss/migratevol.htm)
6 easy steps to migrate your Mac using Time Machine (http://www.tuaw.com/2008/10/29/6-easy-steps-to-migrate-your-mac-using-time-machine/)

Time Machine FAQ (http://web.me.com/pondini/Time_Machine/FAQ.html) - 14. How do I restore my entire system? (http://web.me.com/pondini/Time_Machine/14.html)

Using Setup Assistant on Snow Leopard or Leopard (http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/SetupAsst.html)

Setting-up a new Mac from an old one or its Backups (http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/Setup.html)

aristobrat
Jul 21, 2011, 09:11 AM
A complete Time Machine backup of the old machine should be fine, that's how I always do it. But a full backup (SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner) to a regular HDD would work as well, too. Migration Assistant on your new Air shouldn't had a problem with either.

Apple released a software update the other day that was supposed to help with migration of data from Snow Leopard to Lion, so you might want to take a look at that on your MBP before you try anything. :)

hachre
Jul 21, 2011, 09:18 AM
My suggestion is, upgrade the MPB to Lion, then TimeMachine it, then use that to restore to the MBA.

badgerman
Jul 21, 2011, 09:45 AM
My suggestion is, upgrade the MPB to Lion, then TimeMachine it, then use that to restore to the MBA.

How about if I only want to transfer some files and apps and some iTunes and not iMovie or iphoto?

hachre
Jul 21, 2011, 09:55 AM
How about if I only want to transfer some files and apps and some iTunes and not iMovie or iphoto?

In that case I would do it manually with an external harddrive for example.

Brenzo
Jul 21, 2011, 10:22 AM
You're best bet would be Migration Assistant, which I believe you can do over a wireless connection.

If you are planning on keeping your old computer, you might as well upgrade it to Lion and go the Time Machine/restore route. I've only done that process once and I don't remember if you can selectively choose which applications or files to restore or if it does it all.

badgerman
Jul 21, 2011, 11:12 AM
In that case I would do it manually with an external harddrive for example.

I have a TM BU on ext HDD. Can I use this with migration assistant? Or should i manually copy files apps that I want on the new MBA and then copy to it. Trouble is I want the programme data to be copied across.

aristobrat
Jul 21, 2011, 12:04 PM
I have a TM BU on ext HDD. Can I use this with migration assistant? Or should i manually copy files apps that I want on the new MBA and then copy to it. Trouble is I want the programme data to be copied across.
That should work fine with Migration Assistant.

The only time I'd manually copy data across is if I didn't want to migrate everything. Say, I just wanted my iTunes restored, nothing else.