iMac is ending its life

NancyH1990

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Nov 19, 2018
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Hi there. Hope you experts can aid me with replacing my mother's iMac.
iMac 27", Mid 2011. High Sierra ver 10.13.6

My mother uses this computer daily. Has lots of software, favorite sites, drop boxe.... There is a Lacie Time machine connected. It is making noises but is booting up and currently working.

I will be here for the next month. I would like to get a new iMac 27 for her. All her passwords are saved on the sites she visits and she is on this computer at least 3 hours/day. Just don't want her old computer to die while I am abroad while on projects.

May I know the easiest and most pain-free way of doing this? Since we are far away from civilization, will shop Apple Store online.

According to my searches, it seems I can restore the latest time machine backup. But would that work with the latest Apple OS? Is there a better of doing this?

Thank you your expertise.
 

chrfr

macrumors G3
Jul 11, 2009
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Hi there. Hope you experts can aid me with replacing my mother's iMac.
iMac 27", Mid 2011. High Sierra ver 10.13.6

My mother uses this computer daily. Has lots of software, favorite sites, drop boxe.... There is a Lacie Time machine connected. It is making noises but is booting up and currently working.

I will be here for the next month. I would like to get a new iMac 27 for her. All her passwords are saved on the sites she visits and she is on this computer at least 3 hours/day. Just don't want her old computer to die while I am abroad while on projects.

May I know the easiest and most pain-free way of doing this? Since we are far away from civilization, will shop Apple Store online.

According to my searches, it seems I can restore the latest time machine backup. But would that work with the latest Apple OS? Is there a better of doing this?

Thank you your expertise.
You can restore from the Time Machine backup without a problem; it's designed to work in exactly that way.
 

SecuritySteve

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Jul 6, 2017
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Hi there. Hope you experts can aid me with replacing my mother's iMac.
iMac 27", Mid 2011. High Sierra ver 10.13.6

My mother uses this computer daily. Has lots of software, favorite sites, drop boxe.... There is a Lacie Time machine connected. It is making noises but is booting up and currently working.

I will be here for the next month. I would like to get a new iMac 27 for her. All her passwords are saved on the sites she visits and she is on this computer at least 3 hours/day. Just don't want her old computer to die while I am abroad while on projects.

May I know the easiest and most pain-free way of doing this? Since we are far away from civilization, will shop Apple Store online.

According to my searches, it seems I can restore the latest time machine backup. But would that work with the latest Apple OS? Is there a better of doing this?

Thank you your expertise.
When setting up the new Mac, you should be prompted to migrate data from an old Mac. When you do this, you can select to migrate from a connected time machine backup. This will move all of her user profiles, apps, documents, pictures, movies, music, etc. to the new machine on the new OS.
 

jagolden

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Feb 11, 2002
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Unless I’m missing so,etching in the Apple Store, the only 27" iMacs are now the "Pro" models which are ridiculously priced.
I haven’t been able to find a 27" "standard" iMac in the store or refurbed.

EDIT: wow, it really depends on where you look in the store. I finally found the 27" "standard" iMac.
 
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