Migrating to a new mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Hobbit, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Hobbit macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Hi everyone,

    Apologies in advance if this has been asked before.

    I'll get a new MBP next week and i'm planning to have a fresh clean start by manually moving the folders and apps i use.

    My question is:

    Will i be able to access the backup files i currently have on time machine from my new mac? if so how does the authentication work? Should I do anything to make this easier?

    Thank you.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You can't use Time Machine to transfer individual files AFAIK, as they are compressed and needs an app like Migration Assistant to "wake" them. You can connect your old Mac to your new one with Ethernet or FireWire cable and then transfer the files you want, or you can do the same over network which is slower though

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