New iMac file and app transfer methods

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    So while i wait for my new iMac to be dispatched and delivered i was wondering what the best way to transfer applications would be? i currently own a Macbook Pro and some of my applications and files i will want to transfer over to my new iMac when it arrives. What ways do you guys use? would drop box be easier?

    This will be my first iMac cant wait for it to arrive :)
     
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    RedCroissant

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    When you start setting up your iMac, you'll have the option to migrate your stuff over. Or, if they're both running the same OS, then you could even clone the MBP and do it that way(but it would take longer).
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    what about dropbox?
     
  4. Macman45, Jan 23, 2013
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    You can use Migration assistant using an ethernet cable, or thunderbolt if you have one, connect the two Mac's, and then follow the prompts, you can select what you wish.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is only a few things that i want to send over to my new iMac, uni work, photoshop and so on. I don't have a thunderbolt i do have wifi if i could send the files over the internet? or dropbox i was looking at if that would work
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    1. Turn off your old mac and unplug everything from it
    2. Connect it via Thunderbolt or Firewire cable to your New Computer
    3. With your new mac turned on, turn on the old one while holding down Apple T
    4. Then use the Migration Assistant
     
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    Weaselboy

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    If you mean just personal data like documents and PShop data files you have made, then yes Dropbox would be fine for that. But if you mean moving the Photoshop app to the new machine, you will need to either reinstall PS on the new machine or use the Migration Assistant to move it over. In either case make sure you "deactivate" PS on the old machine and you still need to activate it with your serial number on the new machine.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I meant a mixture of both really, there are a few apps I want on my iMac such as photoshop, Final Cut Pro and a few games I got on Mac App Store. But also my uni document work.
     
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    Weaselboy

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    Sounds like Migration Assistant it the way to go then. Just connect an ethernet cable between the two machines and run MA during setup of the new machine.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok thank you for the advice :)
     

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