Got a new mac, now what?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CandieB, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. CandieB macrumors member

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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?
     
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  3. 184550 Guest

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    Migration assistant makes the process practically painless. I migrated everything from old iMac to my new one via ethernet.
     
  4. CandieB thread starter macrumors member

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    Does it have to be through Time Machine? I just did a backup through the Passport.
     
  5. 184550 Guest

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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.
     
  6. CandieB thread starter macrumors member

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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! :)
     
  7. Laco macrumors 6502

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    it's remarkable that someone bought a Mac today. Brand new Macs in under 48 hours from now!
     
  8. 184550 Guest

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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.
     
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    won't he have 15 days to return it?
     
  10. Laco macrumors 6502

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

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    Yes, well depending on where it was bought. But why not wait less than 48 hours to see what is new.
     
  11. CandieB, Jun 9, 2012
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    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.
     
  12. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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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..
     
  13. CandieB thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah it reads 20 hours! Yikes
     
  14. 184550 Guest

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    IIRC, it should drop over time; it should only take a couple of hours. I'd bet that if you let it run over night it'll be done in the morning.
     
  15. nnokey macrumors newbie

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    Delete all the porn files before give it to your dad.... then .... do what other people says lol:D
     
  16. CandieB thread starter macrumors member

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    I am good. I'm a girl so I have no need for porn. lol
     
  17. throAU macrumors 601

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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.
     
  18. CandieB thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  19. henry72 macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, if I were you I'd definitely return it! Trust me :D
     
  20. Zeov macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  21. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    It's remarkable that people assume that their preferences and needs are universal. Well, not really. Pretty typical, actually. :rolleyes:

    The two aren't mutually exclusive. You might not. That doesn't mean that other women don't.
     
  22. throAU macrumors 601

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    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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