Transferring files from an external hard drive to new computer

Discussion in 'iMac' started by seitzteacher, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2007
    Can I use Migration Assistant if I have to transfer my files from an external drive to my new iMac? My mother board on my old computer is not working properly. It fried four external hard drives before an Apple Genius at an Apple Store figured this out. I have transferred all of my important files onto a new external hard drive by way of USB 1.1 - very slow but its done. My external drive has USB 2, Firewire 4 and Firewire 8. If this way of transferring files works then does anyone know how I can get instructions on how to do this?
  2. macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Migration Assistant can only migrate data from another computer or a Time Machine backup. If you just copied the home folder or just a couple of directories from the home folder over you cannot use Migration Assistant. You would have to manually bring files/folders to the appropriate locations to be used by the OS or would have to import data back into the individual applications.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2007

    Oh, well, I thought I could save a lot of time.

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