Manual Migration

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DavidVader, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. DavidVader macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2011

    I currently have the 2012 MacBook Air 13.3" which I'm about to sell in order to buy the 2013 version. I'd like to migrate all my files to my future new Airbook so I wanted to ask a question. Would it work to just backup my current Mac to an external HDD and then restore the files on the new Mac using that backup? I'm asking this because I'm not sure, and would really appreciate if someone confirmed this.

  2. FoxFifth macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    The "Restoring data from Time Machine backups" section of the following link has a section describing using a backup to move to a new Mac:
  3. djholman macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Do a time machine backup of the old machine to an external drive. When you first turn on the new machine, it will ask if you want to move files - this is the Migration Assistant. Connect the backup disk and just let it do its thing.

    This has been virtually flawless for me during my last two upgrades.
  5. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    From experience use migration assistant. The only thing that sucks is that over wifi it takes forever, so if I were you I would buy the ethernet adapter and do it that way. It's super easy and fast.
  6. Binarymix macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2007
    Use time machine, that's what it's there for and it's seamless.

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