Migration Assistant or Time Machine

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Trimmer2, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Trimmer2 macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    My new MBP should be arriving this week (possibly today) and I'll need to migrate to it from my mid '06 MBP with about 110 Gigs of information.

    Should I use Time Machine via Ethernet connection to transfer data or do a direct connect Ethernet via Migration Assistant?
  2. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    Migration assistant without a doubt.

    Time Machine is basically backing up your current system with files stored on a drive.

    Migration Assistant will just about clone your old Mac onto your new one.

    I was pretty shocked at how well it worked in putting my MacBook onto my new MBP. It's literally the exact same computer with all of my settings in a new body.

    Plus, MA is basically a 3 or 4 step process that is hard to mess up.
  3. 4695269 Suspended

    Jun 11, 2007
    When you use MA does it remove all data from the computer you are migrating from? I am adding the MBP to my computers not replacing one.
    Basically I don't want to erase the original computer.
    Does this make sense?
  4. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No. You have to use Disk Utility to erase your drive if that is what you want to do. MA will only copy from one drive to another, nothing more. It will not erase or modify any files.
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Migration Assistant. I used it to move my stuff from my iMac to MacBook (via Ethernet) and it worked like a charm. Just another reason to love Apple.
  6. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    You are kidding, right ?
  7. twynne macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    London, UK
    Just wanted to add, MA can use a Time Machine backup as a source.

    If you already have a Time Machine backup that is reasonably up to date, it would be quicker to update the Time Machine image and then use that with MA on the new machine.

    I went down this route with a new MBP as the image I had from SuperDuper wouldn't restore for some reason. Worked flawlessly.

    Good luck,

  8. Jeff Barlow macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    United States
    I'd go with Migration Assistant instead of Time Machine, simply because Migration Assistant is designed for this purpose while Time Machine is designed for recovery in case of catastrophic failure.

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