MacBook -> MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TheXFactor, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. TheXFactor macrumors regular

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    Hello all, just purchased a Refurbished MacBook Air 1.86/4/128 from the Apple store. I am currently using a MacBook. I have about 35 gigs on the MB. What's the best way to move all this stuff over to the new Air?

    I also purchased the Iomega 320GB eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive to go along with the new Air. Is Time Machine the best way? Is this done on the initial setup of the Air? In other words is there an option to restore when the Air first boots up?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    When you are setting up the MBA, it will ask if you want to transfer data from a Time Machine backup, so the best way is to use TM.
     
  3. zub3qin macrumors 65816

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    Does Time Machine Restore simply mirror your entire setup on your primary computer, or do you have the option of choosing which apps/files you want to restore to the MBA?
     
  4. seandavid010 macrumors newbie

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    I assume we're still talking about using a Time Machine backup to move files over to a brand-new mac, and if so, this should answer any questions you have:

    How to use Migration Assistant
     
  5. jksu macrumors regular

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    i used carbon copy cloner to copy my black macbook onto an external drive volume. then used the external drive to copy onto the macbook air.

    the external drives's cloned volume serves as a backup as well as volume for ripped movies/songs.

    tried using time machine via airport and took way too long. the above method will take 20-40minutes depending on how large your macbook drive is.
     
  6. TheXFactor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, I'm a bit confused. I am going to be using Time Machine with the external drive I bought, is this correct? Time Machine on the first Mac, to the new drive. Is that right? Sorry, it's been a few years since I switched Macs and I use FireWire back then to connect to the 2 Macs to import all the stuff.
     
  7. DaveOZ macrumors regular

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    You can use Migration assistant over WiFi. Read the link above.

    or You can do a full Time Machine backup of you old MB using your new iOmega drive then use that to migrate your data and user accounts. Either way will work.
     
  8. 87am macrumors regular

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    Carbon copy cloner is not a good solution for transfering data between models. Some use different drivers and different builds of OSX. Using CCC in this situation may not work at all.
     
  9. zub3qin macrumors 65816

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    Will the Time Machine restore also bring over all your old apps to the new mac?
    Or just the data files, media, documents, settings, etc.
     
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  11. DaveOZ macrumors regular

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    Your choice. It gives a check list to cover user accounts, apps and documents.

    I agree the Cloning is a bad way to do this. It's fine for HDD upgrades of the same computer but you do not want old MB system files on your new MBAir.
     
  12. TheXFactor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Since I don't anticipate anymore than I have on my current drive (around 35 gigs), is it advisable to run iTunes from an external drive or is it ok to load all my songs to the MB air drive?
     
  13. zub3qin macrumors 65816

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    If all you have on your Mac now is 35GB TOTAL of all media, files, apps, etc... it's a no brainer. Copy it all over to the 128GB MBA
     
  14. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    I used Migration Assistant to move my stuff from MBP to Air. It got most everything, but you'll still need to dig around the preference file folder and transfer those with jump drive, unless you want to reregister and set up your software again. It moves some pref files, but skips others for some reason. But all in all it does a pretty good job of transferring files.
     
  15. TheXFactor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did you go wireless or cable?
     

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