Migration question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vigu360, May 5, 2011.

  1. vigu360 macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2009
    I currently have around 180GB data on my iMac and I'm getting a new one next week. I have a time machine back up for my current iMac but I was wondering is there an easy option to migrate the data completely to the new iMac? I have two scenarios here

    1. I may give my current iMac to my bud before transferring to my new iMac in which case does the Time Machine back up still work for my new iMac or should I create some sort additional back up.

    2. I may have the old and new iMac with me depending on the shipping times, in which case I can take the boot with "T" option? If so how do I connect them? ethernet? wireless?
  2. discounteggroll macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2006
    Greenwich, CT
    if I were you I'd simply restore the time machine backup on your brand new imac. During the "setup" where you enter your time zone settings, language, etc you can choose to restore from time machine backup.

    You could do a migration over ethernet or firewire (that's what you are thinking of when you hold "T" and turn the computer on) but is more work than you need to do.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You will not want to do this wirelessly as the speed is slower than wired and it will take forever.

    If you still have the old Mac... just connect the two with an ethernet cable and use Migration Assistant to move all your data and apps over. If you don't have the old machine, you can use Migration Assistant to move your data and apps in from the Time Machine backup.

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