Resolved Moving files & programs from old iMac to new

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  1. Hoya1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2009
    I just received my brand new iMac: 27" with 1TB of flash storage. It will be replacing my existing iMac, which is a 24" early 2009 with a 1TB old-style HD, running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6.

    What's the best way to transfer my files and programs over to the new iMac? I have the old computer backed up with Time Machine. I'm thinking that if I use Time Machine to load all of my old info onto the new computer, that will move the programs in addition to the files, which would be good. But I'm wondering if that would screw up any of the system files of the new iMac? BTW, there is nothing operationally wrong with my current (old) computer; I just wanted to finally upgrade to a faster processor, etc.
  2. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    Time Machine restore is a great, easy way to do it. I've done it many times.
  3. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    You'll want to use Migration assistant. When you setup your new iMac it will automatically ask you in the setup process if you want to use migration assistant to transfer your data.

    Migration assistant will work from a Time Machine backup, another Mac's hard drive connected via target disk mode, or connected via ethernet. Time Machine is probably the simplest.
  4. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    I've done several migrations using Migration Assistant and an ethernet cable (way faster than WiFi). Works like a champ.

    BTW: nice upgrade; that new iMac will leave your old one for dead.
  5. Hoya1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2009
    Awesome, thanks! I'll give it a shot with Migration Assistant using an ethernet cable. I can't wait to get the new one up and running!
    But, I have to say, my old iMac has lasted a long time; a good bit longer than I had imagined it would. I've gotten almost 8 years out of it, upgrading operating systems along the way.

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