Migrating content to new new iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Topher15, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    I've ordered a new 27" iMac 5k to replace my 2007 iMac.

    I'll be transferring all my files to the new Mac and want to make sure I don't mess up.

    When I turn on the 2007 iMac it doesn't recognise the hard drive. I'll try to fix that but I do have a Time Machine backup.

    If I restore from the backup, will it take me back to Snow Leopard, or does it just copy the user profile and content?

    If the latter, do the files get moved to the same location, or does OS X put them somewhere else?

    Finally, my iTunes library has the old file structure where it doesn't separate podcasts and other media from the music. I want to ensure that my podcasts library transfers properly, with the notes and the subscriptions remaining live. (Several years ago I tried to transfer some podcasts to my MacBook and the notes weren't present and subscribing began a new download stream).
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    Use Migration Assistant to copy all of your documents, apps, user accounts, and settings to a new Mac from another computer. Just connect your Time Machine drive and use Migration Assistant. It does NOT transfer the OS. I can not answer the question about iTunes.
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    To the OP:

    As above with one caveat: Do not create an account on the new iMac before using the MA otherwise you'll be dealing with two accounts and scattered data. The MA will move everything including your account info and as stated, it does not transfer OS system files.
  4. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2014
    I agree with both. Don't add an account before you transfer, and use Migration Assistant to move your files, it's much simpler that way. As for iTunes, it should copy your files over as-is. The folder structure and XML file should be untouched. The only caveat is, if you were using an older version of iTunes in order to keep your file structure how you like it, it will change it when you open the new version of iTunes. This is, however, only if you have automatic file management enabled. If you have manual file management enabled, it should read how your library is constructed in the XML file that was transferred and keep it the same.
  5. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I have successfully used MA to migrate to a new Mac from a FRESH TM backup. I have had difficulty migrating from an "old" TM backup, ie one that has been running and backing up incrementally for months or years. Normally, I do one of two things when migrating:

    1) put the old Mac in target disk mode and migrate over firewire (I know, this is a legacy thing but I bet it still works over thunderbolt),

    2) start a FRESH TM backup on the old Mac to a usb drive (NEVER over a network) and let it finish even if it takes longer than select that TM backup in migration assistant on the new Mac. In your case, this is not an option but chances are your existing TM backup is just fine especially if it wasn't done over wifi or ethernet.

    Let us know how things work out...

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