Best way to move data from MBA to MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chfilm, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. chfilm macrumors 65816

    chfilm

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    Hi,

    my mom is getting my old macbook air for christmas while I'm upgrading to the new pro 13" :)
    In your mind, what's the best way, to get all the data moved over?
    I don't really mind re-installing all the software, my biggest issue is with a Traktor DJ Library wich links to the itunes music folder.

    Is time machine a feasible option? What other options are there?
     
  2. Marshall73 macrumors 65816

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    AC wifi or just use an external HDD to transfer everything. I normally use carbon copy cloner. Take a full image of the old drive so you can then wipe it. Then just copy what you need to the new Mac. Using migration wizard etc just brings a load of crap over to your new machine so it's far cleaner to do the manual copy if you are up to the task.
     
  3. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

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    I have had no issues w/ Migration Assistant over wifi. About 200GB of data takes about 30 minutes using wifi.
     
  4. JPNFRK7 macrumors 6502

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    Used Migration Assistant on mine. Took about an hour to move 120GB of data over wifi.
     
  5. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Migration Assistant works fine, but I'm quoting this bit in case anyone else missed it:

    Is the Traktor library on a different drive?
     
  6. Antairez macrumors regular

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    Give your mom the new Pro and problem solved.


    Alright just kidding, try migration assistant.
     
  7. esk macrumors member

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  8. chfilm thread starter macrumors 65816

    chfilm

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    No, I just did some research and actually found out that the tractor library is rather simple to transfer. I was a little worried because I thought it was referencing all the tracks directly form the iTunes music folder, and then they'd be gone after I set up the machine as new because I would have to re download them manually form iTunes Match. But it turns out, Traktor copied them Into a separate directory. Simple solution.
     
  9. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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  10. sparky08 macrumors regular

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    I'm moving from a 4 year old 512GB MBA to a 1TB MBP. I'd like to use the opportunity to clean up years of crap. So, I'd like to archive my MBA in a way that I can easily access documents from a external drive or cloud. Over time, I'd grab the necessary files, and the rest would be archived, in case I need them later.

    What's the best way to do this?
     

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