MBP to MBA - Help with Migration

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by canuckle, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. canuckle macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2011
    Hi all,

    Buying a new MBA this weekend, and will set it up then sell my 2011 MBP. Looking for some specific help with a couple of things:

    * Best way to migrate my data without restoring a backup (which I'm not sure is even possible going from MBP to MBA, lol). I use Time Machine for the MBP. I would like to migrate the following
    - Apps and associated info
    - Music library (actual files), iTunes info (playlists, etc)
    - Documents

    I'm totally fine doing the settings from scratch (mail, contacts, passwords/keychain, etc) as I have all in iCloud.

    * Best way to prepare the MBP for sale.
    - Not sure on how to re-install Mountain Lion, as I'm a fairly new Mac user.
    - Whomever is buying will want a demonstration that it is in proper working order...how to do that without setting up my own profile again?

    I think that's it. I've combed the forums for days and can't seem to find the "_______ for dummies" threads for these 2 situations. If I've missed them, please feel free to render a solid scolding and point me in the right direction. :D

    Many thanks!

  2. Maui19 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Migration Assistant is a pretty seamless way to move files to a new computer. I just migrated my old MBA to my new one. It took about 2 hours over wireless, and now my new MBA is setup exactly like my old one.

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