I'm confused on updating

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  1. MozzyBoy macrumors newbie

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    I'm going from a MacBook 13 air to a 15.4 Pro. My Air is totally up to date on Mojave. Switching on the new MacBook Pro, should I first get it fully updated to the latest Mojave before I attempt to transfer via back up hard drive? I ask as I wonder if I can update the new MacBook Pro then choose the options later to transfer from my old MacBook Air?

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  2. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    I would update the new MBP first, then migrate/transfer after.
     
  3. Pedrith macrumors newbie

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    HI. I had a question. I'm running the 10.8.5 on my mac pro. When I do upgrade to a new computer what is the easiest way to transfer my files? I am running time machine. I'm not very tech savvy. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Also would time machine bring over my emails and itunes? What about boot camp?

    Thanks,

    David
     
  4. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    You can migrate the time machine to the new computer. It ask you at the beginning
     
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  6. MozzyBoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you
     
  7. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    If you have a clone of your drive, migrating/transfering is quicker than using Time Machine, and it is always a wise practice to keep a clone of your system drive. Use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to make exact clones of your hard drive. I've never really been a fan of TM.
     
  8. MozzyBoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you; that is something I have not heard about so will investigate.

    Mozzy
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    If I use CCC, am I cloning to a backup drive, then transferring that to my new Mac?
     
  9. MSastre, May 21, 2019
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    MSastre macrumors 6502

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    Yes, clone to a back up drive. I like SuperDuper, but many use CCC. Bootable clones are great for if an upgrade or update "breaks" apps you use. I keep clones of at least 2 or 3 past OSs just in case I need to go back. This will be very important when Apple rolls out the next Operating System because it will no longer support 32 bit apps, if you use any. Mojave is the last one that does. When they roll out a new OS, I wait until at least the .3 version before I put it on my main computer drive, but will test earlier versions on a clone (other than my back up) to see if there are any problems. When all is good, I clone the test drive to my main drive and the test drive then becomes my back up. Both SuperDuper and CCC can be had for free if you just want to make an exact clone. Full paid versions have a few extra capabilities like SD's Smart Update, which just copies the changes you've made since last time instead of reduplicating every file. Saves a bunch of time.
     
  10. MozzyBoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. This has been really helpful. Thank you for taking the time to explain it so clearly.
     
  11. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    That strategy has kept me pretty much trouble free for years because I always have a back up I can quickly boot from if any problems arise.
     

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