Best Cable to Migrate New 15 Inch Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CLASSIC MUSCLE, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. CLASSIC MUSCLE macrumors member

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    I will soon be getting my 15inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro and was wondering which cable would be best, and fastest, to migrate a mid-2012 15 MacBook w/retina display? Would it be a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 cable because the 2012 wouldn't have Thunderbolt 3?
     
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  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No... that won't work.

    The absolute fastest would be to use Apple's USB-C (TB3) to Thunderbolt 2 adaptor, then run a Thunderbolt 2 cable from that to the rMBP. But unless you just need those cables anyway, that will be a costly setup just to use once for data transfer.

    What would be fairly fast is just backup your existing Mac using Time Machine to a USB3 external drive then use a USB-C adaptor (I got two for $7.99 on Amazon) attached to that to connect to the new MacBook Pro for the import using setup assistant.
     

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