Migrating to new MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by raidensix, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. raidensix macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'm still waiting for my rMBP to ship but what would be the recommended way to transfer my data and applications from my old MacBook Pro to the retina model?

    thanks
     
  2. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    Ensure your existing machine is running the latest version of Lion and that you have an up-to-date Time Machine backup, then just do a Restore to the new machine.
     
  3. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Migration assistant will sort it all out for you.

    As said above Time machine is probably the best option in this case. Last time I upgraded I connected both machines to the gigabit ethernet network and did it that way which took about 4 hours. I wouldn't fancy doing it over WiFi as it would take an eternity.
     
  4. kyle0103 macrumors newbie

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    could it be done through thunderbolt? is it faster then ethernet? 4 hours still sound too long for me
     
  5. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    I don't know, probably not. I used gigabit ethernet which is good for around 70MB/sec. The 4 hours was for a nearly full 250GB drive.
     
  6. raidensix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will restoring from Time Machine also transfer the applications and licenses?
     
  7. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Yup.
     
  8. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    And all your app preferences too.
     
  9. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, migrating using your latest time machine backup is incredibly easy.
     
  10. Pagga macrumors 6502

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    I agree with the above posts. Only thing to remember is that when moving house, some house cleaning is needed. I find shedding some files and progs makes the transfer even more pleasant :)
     
  11. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Get a USB3 external drive and Time Machine with that, will take no time.
     

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