Manual transfer iTunes from old to new mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brn2rnjk1, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. brn2rnjk1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2008
    We have an old (running Yosemite) MacBook and just received a new one that we want to transfer all iTunes to. We don't want to use migration since there are items on the old one that we don't want to bring along. The iTunes file is over 500G. What is the best way to transfer that will take the least time? I tried through wifi but that said 3 days and then quit.

    We have some other manual files (photos, apps) that we will also want to transfer but iTunes is the biggest.

  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here

    I would remove the HD from the old Macbook and put it in a USB external enclosure.

    Then connect it to the new Macbook and copy over what you want.

    Fast and reliable.
  3. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    If you have an external drive, copy what you want of your old collection and then use that drive with your new laptop.

    If you don't have an external drive, might be just the thing to inspire you to get one. Opt for a USB3 drive such as Western Digital Passport or the Seagate Slim models. There are sites to look up reviews on what is recommended. The drive will come in handy later if you need to do backups or transfer data elsewhere etc.
  4. Kissmyne macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2015
    Recommended option, get an External HDD and then follow these steps outlined here.. and you will be good to go.

    Another option to consider is Target Disk Mode, though that will require the purchase of a cable.

    Ethernet/Cloud Services are other options as well..

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