Migration Assistant from 2013 MacBook Pro to 2016 MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jonasty, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. jonasty macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this has been answered before, but for those upgrading to the new 2016 MacBook Pro (USB-C/TB3 ports only), how are you migrating your information to your new MacBook Pro? I'm upgrading from my 2013 15" MacBook Pro Retina. I would like to do this with as little adapters as possible, so I was wondering if it was possible to do this via a USB-3 to USB-C cable (is that even available?). I just think it would be ridiculous to have to buy a TB3 to TB2 adapter and cable just to do this when that would be the first and only times I would ever use them.

    I think I'm just going to be moving over my applications this time instead of all files, so maybe even doing a Wi-Fi transfer will be bearable.

    Thanks for any input
     
  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Yes, those cables exist.

    I'm using my time machine backup with a USB A to C adapter.
     
  3. CharlesRobot macrumors newbie

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    I'll be moving from a 2008 MBP. I've never done this before, but I am certain I don't want to just copy over my entire data as it is. I want to take this as an opportunity to only copy the files I need, individually and take a few weeks to clean out the mess in 7+ years of data collection :)
    What'd be the best method for this? Can I actually connect the two machines with a USB-C to USB 2.0 cable and copy files that way? How will this work? Will they just show up as Drives in Finder or do I have to activate access somehow?
    Thanks for your help :)
     
  4. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Yes, you can use a USB A to c data cable and use target disk mode. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19021?locale=en_US
     
  5. CharlesRobot macrumors newbie

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    Ah never heard of that. Thanks!
    In the support-page it says thunderbolt or firewire, but not USB though. Will this work with USB as well? I do have a firewire port. But buying a USB C to USB cable would make much more sense for me, since I could continue to use this for other purposes...
     
  6. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    That's a good point, actually. Looks like only the rMB and newer supports USB Target Disk Mode.

    Do you not have an external Time Machine drive? With an a to c adaptor, that's the easiest solution.
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    If you're going to do this over a few weeks you might be better off cloning or copying to an external drive first.
     
  8. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    Migration Assistant over wi-fi. Works like a charm. Your new computer will be set up just like your old one.
     

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