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

    Jun 16, 2012
    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?
  2. CLASSIC MUSCLE thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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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