Got a new mac, now what?

CandieB

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So I got a new MacBook so I can give my Dad my old Mac. Now how do I all my info from the old Mac to the new? If I do a back-up onto a passport external hard drive can I just plug in into the new Mac will all my info transfer?
 

mikeo007

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Return it, new macs are imminent.

To answer your question: you should be able to do a time machine backup onto an external drive and then restore it to the new computer.
 

CandieB

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Return it, new macs are imminent.

To answer your question: you should be able to do a time machine backup onto an external drive and then restore it to the new computer.
Does it have to be through Time Machine? I just did a backup through the Passport.
 

CandieB

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Yes, you'll be able to transfer all of your files over from the passport. Just plug it in and go.

I did the back up and plugged it into the new Mac and it's not doing anything? I am a newbie so dumb it down for me please. Much appreciated! :)
 

Laco

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it's remarkable that someone bought a Mac today. Brand new Macs in under 48 hours from now!
 

184550

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I did the back up and plugged it into the new Mac and it's not doing anything? I am a newbie so dumb it down for me please. Much appreciated! :)
If you did it through TimeMachine, you should be able to open up TimeMachine and automatically restore your items.

However, it sounds like you did it manually, so you'll have to manually transfer everything back to the 'correct' location. For example; photos to iPhoto, music to iTunes etc...

If you haven't already reformatted/ erased the old mac, using Migration Assistant will make this process much more simpler.

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it's remarkable that someone bought a Mac today. Brand new Macs in under 48 hours from now!
If the OP so desires they will be able to return the 'old' MacBook and get a new one.
 

Laco

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If you did it through TimeMachine, you should be able to open up TimeMachine and automatically restore your items.

However, it sounds like you did it manually, so you'll have to manually transfer everything back to the 'correct' location. For example; photos to iPhoto, music to iTunes etc...

If you haven't already reformatted/ erased the old mac, using Migration Assistant will make this process much more simpler.

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If the OP so desires they will be able to return the 'old' MacBook and get a new one.

The OP bought a Macbook, there are plenty of rumors about improvements - retina for one.

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won't he have 15 days to return it?
Yes, well depending on where it was bought. But why not wait less than 48 hours to see what is new.
 

CandieB

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it's remarkable that someone bought a Mac today. Brand new Macs in under 48 hours from now!
I guess I should have been more specific I bought a new to me MacBook, althought I fail to see what your ass of a comment has to do with my question.


I am now using the Migration Assistant to transfer files. Thanks for your help.
 
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Astroboy907

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I guess I should have been more specific I bought I new to me MacBook, althought I fail to see what your ass of a comment has to do with my question.
Well, there is some confusion when you say you bought a "new" mac.
New macbook pros are going to be released within the next 2 days, so people are saying just return it and wait it out. But if you bought a used macbook, not so much the case.

Just use migration assistant. Will work beautifully, but give it a few hours..
 

CandieB

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Well, there is some confusion when you say you bought a "new" mac.
New macbook pros are going to be released within the next 2 days, so people are saying just return it and wait it out. But if you bought a used macbook, not so much the case.

Just use migration assistant. Will work beautifully, but give it a few hours..
Yeah it reads 20 hours! Yikes
 

nnokey

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Delete all the porn files before give it to your dad.... then .... do what other people says lol:D
 

throAU

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it's remarkable that someone bought a Mac today. Brand new Macs in under 48 hours from now!
With perhaps new bugs and hardware quality control issues.

The current machines are fine for the vast majority of people and are at the end of their model run with all the kinks ironed out.
 

CandieB

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With perhaps new bugs and hardware quality control issues.

The current machines are fine for the vast majority of people and are at the end of their model run with all the kinks ironed out.
My current MacBook Pro (the one I am giving to my Dad is 3 years old and runs perfectly fine for what I do and what he will do on it).

The only thing I am really trying to transfer are my pics and iTunes library and a couple documents. New models really doesn't thrill me all that much unless it is the new Iphone. I was happy with the original iPad I had for years. I only upgraded to the new one a few weeks ago for the camera so I can FaceTime.
 

Zeov

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My current MacBook Pro (the one I am giving to my Dad is 3 years old and runs perfectly fine for what I do and what he will do on it).

The only thing I am really trying to transfer are my pics and iTunes library and a couple documents. New models really doesn't thrill me all that much unless it is the new Iphone. I was happy with the original iPad I had for years. I only upgraded to the new one a few weeks ago for the camera so I can FaceTime.
still, i see no reason not to get the latest, greatest, since we are within hours of a refresh.. if rumors are right, we are getting a both thinner, faster and better looking MacBook, with faster data transfer, maybe even retina display and hopefully some SSD that you make you drool because it's so darn fast.
 

throAU

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still, i see no reason not to get the latest, greatest, since we are within hours of a refresh..
Did you not read my post at all?

To some people, having a computer that actually works reliably is more important than a spec sheet that says it is 10% faster. No one knows what issues the new machines have yet - they may be fine, but also they may not.


To the OP: i migrated all my stuff from my mini to my MBP last time from my time machine backup. It was extremely simple and straightforward. The new mac wizard (same deal if you clean re-install OS X) asks if you have an existing backup and will simply import it. All files, apps, everything...
 
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