Mini Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Wicked1, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have been backing up my 2009 Mini for 3 months, but now my son is getting the Mini, and I have my MacBook I just cleaned and re-loaded all the software from scratch, now since the Mini has all the Music and files, I need to restore the Mini Backups to the MacBook, but will that work, since they are different machines, also will the MacBook see the Mini backups?

    I have not tried to do this, but before I make things potentially ugly, I would prefer to see if anyone has done this and if it all works.


  2. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    Launch Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder (in Applications). It will walk you through connecting the machines and selecting what you want to transfer.

    Otherwise, just you can just drag the Music and Documents folders directly over if you already have the laptop setup and know exactly what you want to copy. Migration Assistant is easy but paints with broader strokes.
  3. Captain Awesome macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2009
    Vancouver/Tsawassen, Canada
    It'll work. Done it with a PowerMac to an Xserve once.
  4. dreamsandart macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2004
    So if I use time machine's migration to restore information on another hard drive will it write off the information there or just add to it?

    I have photos in iphoto and need to add a previous iphoto library.
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    dreamsandart, just use a flash drive to transfer the photos or connect the two Macs to the same network and share the files. You cannot use migration assistant for that function.
  6. ian.maffett macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2008
    I did this with my G5 to MBP - worked just fine.
  7. dreamsandart macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2004
    I opened migration assistance and saw right away this is not the way to go. Got off the phone with Apple and they had me jumping here and there, and in the end it all didn't work out.

    So just dragging and dropping to another drive and then back to a clean iphoto seems the way to go.


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