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Old Jul 24, 2011, 06:31 AM   #1
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Can i use Time Machine to transfer from Leopard to Lion

Just bought an i5 256gb MBA 13. I was using macbook running Mac OSX Leopard, i am just wondering can i use time machine to transfer my stuff across.

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Old Jul 24, 2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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Yes. Once you start the transfer, do not interrupt though as it is pretty easy to corrupt the Time Capsule sparse bundle.
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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What's the actual process?

Do I just plug my external hard drive into the Air before turning it on for the first time?
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 08:57 AM   #4
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i don't think you want to do a restore. That would overwrite Lion, wouldn't it? After you boot up you MBA, you want to run Migration Assistant.
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Old Jul 24, 2011, 09:05 AM   #5
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When you first load up OS X on the new MBA, it will ask if you want to import from a Time Machine backup.

Or you can set everything up and then use migration assistant to import from a TM backup.

Keep in mind that if you want to import using migration assistant and want to keep the exact same username/Full Name, do NOT create that same user account when setting up Lion. Create a dummy account that will get deleted once you finish importing. If you don't care about keeping the exact username, you can import the content to as a new user.
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