Migrating to new MacBook

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Nick16, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Nick16 macrumors regular

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    I have a 2011 MacBook Pro and will soon be ordering the new Retina MBP... Is it possible to restore maybe a Time Machine backup from the old MBP onto the new one so the only thing that changes for me is the hardware itself? I don't want to have to start fresh and manually copy files over, re-customize all the machine's settings, re-install apps, setup my Mail and iCloud accounts again, etc. What would be the easiest way to accomplish this, or what are my options?
     
  2. ConCat macrumors 6502a

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    You can transfer everything from the backup (or from the computer itself) using Migration Assistant. It'll take care of everything for you. I wouldn't recommend restoring directly from a Time Machine backup. Sometimes things can go wrong when doing that with a backup from another computer. Just go with Migration Assistant.
     
  3. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Which is better: Migration or restoring from backup?

    never mind. please delete
     

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