Migrating files to a MBA from an iMac - SLOW?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by anfield11, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. anfield11 macrumors 6502

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    I just bought a MBA today and started the migration process about 1.75 hours ago. I'm doing it via wireless network....it's only a little over 10% done....is this normal??!!
     
  2. dibara2003 macrumors 6502

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    depending on the size of your files. it seems slower than normal, but not much. try reinstalling the os with remote disk, that sucked
     
  3. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Normal. It took me about 12 hours to wirelessly migrate 50G from MB to Air.
     
  4. anfield11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys, was really surprised how slow it was. if I have Microsoft office on the iMac will it move over too?
     
  5. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Yes Office migrates too. I did have a problem w. Office X not working so had to bite the bullet and load Office '04. Remember, Office looks for # of other computers running same serial # on network. There are a limited number of computers it can be loaded on depending on what version you have. See Office CD sleeve for details.
     
  6. minicoop503 macrumors regular

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    Yea, you aren't going to get amazing speeds depending on what kind of network you have (b, g, n).
     
  7. anfield11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, this is now 15 hours and still only 2/3rds done!!

    Come on!!! I want to use it!!! :)
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Wi-Fi is slow.

    I get only 300-500 KB/sec on my network (2 airport expresses acting as 1 network). Strange, but if I turn off my second AP, speed goes up to 1-1.5 MB/sec :confused:
     
  9. anfield11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm guessing this is transferring all my photos and music too? Which really isn't what I wanted to do....hope like hell it's not removing them from the iMac!!
     
  10. Mr.Green macrumors member

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    I easily got 2x to 3x the speed using the USB ethernet vs doing transfers over WiFi.

    Also, the migration assistant doesn't remove anything from the old computer, it just copies it to the new one.
     
  11. anfield11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay thanks, that makes me feel a bit better that it's not being removed from the iMac. In any case, I guess I can't stop the process now [17 hours so far] it's just that there is a lot [photos and music] that I didn't need transferring.
     
  12. anfield11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Finally complete [18 hours]. Still what a sweet process instead of organizing things all over again. That said an option to not transfer some things [in my case photos and music] would be good.

    Have to say though that the screen is wonderful compared to my old G4 iBook.
     
  13. KDups macrumors newbie

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    I know this is too late to help, but in the future I've found that transferring files from my iMac to the Air is about 20 times faster than using my Air to transfer from the iMac. This is over wireless.

    So if you have files on your iMac you want on your Air, log into your Air from the iMac instead of vice versa.
     
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