Mirroring 2 MacBooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nagetech, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. nagetech macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2013

    Ok everyone, here is my problem.

    I have a MacBook Pro and I love it! I am thinking about getting a Macbook Air. Here is the thing, I spent a lot of time customizing my Macbook Pro just the way I like it.

    Mostly, I have a lot of email accounts, and it was interesting to get Mail running just the way I like it.

    How would I go about taking my new macbook air out of the box, and "Mirroring" my MacBook Pro (all the settings, mail settings/accounts, backgrounds, etc) to my MacBook Air?

    I really would appreciate any help or advice!

    Thank you!
  2. chevelleguy3 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2013
    Mckinney, TX
    Time Machine backup from the old one, restore from that backup on the new one
  3. nagetech thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2013
    Thank you for the response.

    I actually just tried doing that.

    I created a Time Machine Backup from my old Mac (which is running Yosemite, which probably is why it didn't work). I took the drive with the time machine backup and connected it to the new Mac, told it to restore, and all was looking great! Until....it rebooted and just gave me a Circle with a line through it :(

    Guess trying to restore a time machine backup from one mac to a totally different mac with a beta O/S isn't gonna happen :(

    Thanks anyway!
  4. illusionx macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2014
    Brossard, QC
    You can use carbon copy to clone your drive to the new laptop as long as you have enough space and your current OS is supported on the new computer.
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I think you may have done this the wrong way. Instead of restoring the time machine backup, you need to run the Migration Assistant. It will know which system files are not compatible with the new Mac and keep the originals. This has always worked for me when migrating between different Macs running different versions of MacOSX.

    Now I don't know what issues might arise from running Yosemite however...
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    You realize the back/restore thing is a one-time deal. As soon as you make another change on one machine, you will be again un-synchronized.
  7. nagetech thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2013

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