Need Expert: How Do You Migrate To A New Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by John55455, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. John55455 macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2012
    This weekend I'm getting a new iMac. I want to migrate to the iMac from my MacBook Pro.

    I backup my MacBook Pro using Time Machine with Time Capsule.

    So when I get my new iMac do I click something along the lines of migrate from mac by using Time Capsule?

    Assuming that's correct, I'm confused about the potential problems this might cause.

    First off, you need to authorize your computer to play iTunes correct?
    So would this count as two authorizations?

    And how about iCloud? My MacBook Pro is associated with iCloud. What would happen now?

    Would it just be easier to copy and paste my files than use migration assistant? This seems like it would cause a ton of problems.
  2. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    the wire
    Migration Assistant, start it on both machines and connect them together with firewire or CAT5 or USB if you have to..

    Follow the prompts.. Its really easy.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It would count as one additional authorization, for two authorized machines total.

    You can link multiple devices/computers to one iCloud account. That's kind of the entire point.

    I don't think it would be easier.
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    You can also go into an Apple Store and ask them to migrate your data.
    I think this is still a free service with a new Mac.
  5. laurenr macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    Best and easiest method, which I have done for years.:)

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