How do I migrate from Unibody Macbook to MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TwoFive3, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. TwoFive3 macrumors member

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    I bought a Unibody Macbook and have just purchased a refurb Macbook Pro. How can I use migration assistant to go from the macbook to the mbp?
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    I think you can use Ethernet with the new unibody MBs, no?
     
  3. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    you should be able to.

    i would just straight up ethernet it and copy all the stuff you need to the new MBP.
     
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  5. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Yes, that should work fine.

    You can also run migration assistant over 802.11 as well I believe.?..but someone else will have to confirm..
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Yup, that'll do just fine. Unlike PCs, Macs don't require crossover cables for direct computer-computer file transfers.

    Wireless will most likely be unbearably slow, I'd definitely recommend wired ethernet.
     
  7. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    to get a direct mirror connect via firewire, put mb in target disk mode, and let migration assistant in mbp do the copying, and the mbp will be the exact same as the mb, once its done
     
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    His unibody MB does not have Firewire.
     
  9. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    You can use an external drive to back up everything with Time Machine and using restore on the MBP to copy all your files.
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    It's almost like he wanted to rub it in. :p
     
  11. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yeah i don't recommend going the ip address over airport method.

    it will be sooo slow.

    i transferred my music collection of 34.98 Gigs from my macbook to my mac mini last week,

    and over wireless it estimated 7 hours
    over ethernet... 11 minutes

    :)
     
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  13. sallythemac Guest

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    Have heard that this can cause problems, as not only settings and personal files but ALL system files are copied it can mean that the new MBP may think it's a MB... I avoided it when going from my iMac to MB...

    I can confirm that the new MB can use ethernet or wireless. I used a standard ethernet cable and it transferred ~160GB in about 3.5 hours.
     
  14. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    You can just select your uuer profile and stuff in the migration assistant.
     
  15. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    oh yeah. but keep in mind we have 3 other computers stealing all my bandwidth in my house :)
     
  16. sallythemac Guest

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    Exactly, that's why I chose migration assistant over time machine.
     

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