Best practices for *manually* migrating iTunes / everything over from old mbp to new

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by spaceballl, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Hi All,

    In the past, I've just restored from a time capsule backup every time I buy a new mac. However, I have a lot of crap I don't need, app settings I don't care about, etc. I'd like to manually move from my old MBP to my new. I have three questions:

    1) For my iPhoto Library, do I literally just need to copy the library over? Are there other considerations?

    2) For iTunes, obviously I need to copy the iTunes folder in the Music library over. What else? Stuff in Application Support? How do I set it up so that my phone will "just work" with my new computer and won't try erase and re-sync to a new machine?

    3) Any other major considerations?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. detroitl macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    depending on how much stuff you have, you might want to try dropbox or some other cloud service.

    Also for iTunes, you will need to erase and sync, but your apps will still be on your iPhone if you do so. Only your music will need to be transferred to the new mac, and pictures if you don't back those up on iCloud already.

    I might have missed some important details, so don't strictly take my word on things.
  3. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    iPhoto is just a plain simple copy over.

    iTunes is too but you will to authorise the machine (de-authorising the old one might be an idea)

    Wouldn't use cloud services at the other guy suggested.:confused:
  4. spaceballl thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Hmm to be clear, I don't need any help *copying* the files over.

    I just need help knowing exactly what to move and stuff.



    Ah, thanks Charlie - I figured I just needed to copy only my iPhoto library over.

    What about my phone? I don't want erase and re-sync as first suggested. However, I COULD create a backup from my phone, move the backup over, and restore from that backup. I just want the phone to think it's being plugged into my old computer............
  5. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    You're right for iTunes - after migrating many machines that I've had in the couple years - I have been doing fine just dragging the iTunes library from /Music/iTunes to the same destination on the new Mac.

    The whole folder will keep your playlists intact, etc. While the /Music/iTunes Media folder will transfer just the files absent the artwork. That folder is also available in the /Music/iTunes folder.

    As far as iPhoto goes, I hate how Apple handles their "upgrading" of some older libraries, I think most people should be fine in the last 1-2 years if you've been recent on your transfers to new software. /Photos/iPhoto Library is all you need.
  6. gokart mozart macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    This. It is exactly what I did last night. I copy n' pasted to and from my external HDD. Same with the iPhoto library. File>add to library is useful for iTunes if your library doesn't seem like it all carried over. And iPhoto has an option under File> for swapping (or switching, I forget the wording) your photo library, and you simply select the newly copied over iPhoto library.
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Easiest (and best way) to do it is to is:
    Backup your phone
    copy the ENTIRE iTunes folder
    Don't forget about the backup folder Located at: /Users/<ComputerName>/Library/iTunes/Mobile Backups

    Copy everything into the same locations on your new MBP and you're set (your phone will think everything is the same)
  8. BlizZ10 macrumors member

    May 18, 2007
    I have always had trouble with iTunes transfers. I mean music is a given, but as far as settings, I am not fond of the migration process. The main problem I always have is that I have a lot more music on my itunes then I do on my iphone. I have yet to figure out a way to check only songs I had on my previous itunes on the new computer's itunes. I have to spend a lot of time manually going through all the songs one by one and checking them.

    Anyone have an answer to this issue?


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