New iMac arrives today - best migration strategy?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LagunaSol, May 14, 2009.

  1. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Time to retire the loyal 3-year-old 20" iMac to the kids and welcome the arrival of my 24" 2.93/4850 model. :D

    I'd like to keep this new machine zippy fresh. I'll probably do fresh app installs rather than suck everything over from my old machine. What's the best strategy for bringing over my essential info (Mail account info, iCal events, iTunes library, iPhoto library, etc.) without bringing any old system (or app-related) cruft along with it? Is Migration Assistant good at bringing over all my user info while filtering out the system bloat I may have accumulated?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. mstam macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2009
    wouldn't use that. Just share the entire old system and copy the files over manually after all new progs have been installed. Eg iPhoto, iTunes etc you can copy the complete library over and if the programs are newer they'll automatically convert it.
  4. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    2 macs. 1 ethernet cable. Enable file sharing on both. they'll see eachother and then you can copy anything you want.

    Don't use migration assistant if you don't want system bloat and DO want to reinstall all your apps.
  5. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    Beds, UK
    As for mail/calender settings, you might have to re-enter these unless you use mobile me. I'm not sure of any other way except migration assistant that transfer data
  6. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    the easiest would be migration assistant, but it seems you want to do everything new, so manually doing it looks like your best bet for transfering your info.

    I don't use mobile me, but maybe that could help transfer the items you want in the way you want them...


  7. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Migration Assistant gives you plenty of options of what you want to bring over. I suggest using that, so all your settings stay how you like them.

    Use an ethernet cable, and a router that is 1000 Base Ethernet if you have it. The defualt is to use FireWire, but unless your old iMac has FireWire 800, you're out of luck. Also, gives you the option to use wireless, but connecting through Ethernet will be much faster.
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    +1 (I think) I could be wrong but cant you select the items the OP wanted to transfer over in Migration assistant and leave the rest? To me this would be simpler.
  9. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    Going from a G4 iMac to a new Mac Mini, Migration Assistant went well for everything except one thing. Address Book didn't get transferred. So I exported it into vCard (.vcf) format and imported it to the Address Book on the new machine. Names, phone numbers, and addresses imported fine, but no notes from all my cards.

    Any suggestions?

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