How does Migration Assistant Work For New Computers?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rekhyt, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    I'm quite curious on how Migration Assistant works. Probably in a few more years when OS X 10.7 comes out, I will be purchasing another Mac and giving away my current MacBook Pro.

    I really want to keep all my current system config that I have tailored for quite a while and don't want to restart again on a clean installation.

    How does Migration Assistant work when restoring through Time Machine?
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    If you recover from time machine it will restore everything as of the last backup - that’s what time machine was designed for.
  3. rekhyt thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    I don't think you get what I mean-I want to know how well Migration Assistant copes with restoring from Time Machine from a backup from an old computer to a new computer.
  4. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I've recently purchased a new iMac. Using Migration Assistant, I copied everything from my old to the new computer.

    Now, my new machine is exactly the same as the old one - settings for Airport, Internet, mail, iTunes, Accounts etc are all intact.
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I had a bunch of permissions problems (namely when I restored from the TM backup the new account had none) when I used Migration Assistant. If I did it again I would clone from a bootable backup.
  6. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Use Setup Asst. It's the thing that comes up automatically when you fire up a new Mac for the first time. It works like MA but better. For one thing, it doesn't require you to make a new account, it just transfers everything in one clean operation.
  7. chappy87 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    Southampton, UK
    Hi guys,

    Just about to get rid of my Alu MacBook, and replacing it with a 2007 iMac- I am running Snow Leopard, whereas the iMac is arriving with Tiger on it. I have the Snow Leopard discs, so I will be upgrading straight away, but I also want to transfer all of my MacBook's data onto the iMac with the Time Machine Migration Assistant. Obviously Snow Leopard will have to be installed before I have the option to use Time Machine Migration Assistant, so in what order should I do everything?! Should I originally boot from the Snow Leopard disc so I get a clean install, and then do the Migration?

    Cheers in advance guys.

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