Time Machine backup from a different machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mobiousblack, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    So I sold my retina MacBook Pro a few days before WWDC thinking they would announce the new ones with haswell, as we all know they didn't and now I'm without a Macbook lol.

    So after much contemplation I decided to buy a MacBook Air to hold me off until they announce the rmbp 15inch with haswell.

    I have a time machine backup that I created in my retina MacBook Pro, can I restore it to my new air once I get it? Sorry if it seems like a stupid question because I never used time machine before and the rmbp was my first Macbook.
     
  2. macrumors G3

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    You don't want to do a restoration. You want to do a data migration.

    When you boot a new Mac for the first time, it asks if you would like to import/migrate data. This is where you would copy the data off your Time Machine backup.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    agreed with above post cause i just did the same thing recently. actually time machine wouldn't let me restore from the backup of another machine, but using migration assistant I was able to bring everything (data, settings, etc.) over and basically everything is back to the way it was on my other machine.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright thanks everyone I will make sure I use migration assistant.
     

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