New iMac setup

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Chippy99, May 23, 2013.

  1. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    I have finally decided to get a new iMac to replace my trusty 2011 Mac Mini.

    I am very happy with how my Mini is setup - apps, data, config etc - and simply want to replicate this in its entirety on the new hardware.

    Please can someone advise on the best/easiest way to do this? Can I just boot the iMac from a "Macintosh HD" backup from the Mini?
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    You do not want a clone of the drive... the newer machine will use different drivers.

    Backup your existing machine with Time Machine... and then when you start your new iMac... you will see a migration assistant option to restore from Time Machine.

  3. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    +1 this should do exactly what you need.
  4. Chippy99 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
  5. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'd have thought migration assistant would handle this entirely?

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