New iMac Transfer From MacBook Backup?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Charcoalwerks, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Charcoalwerks macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2011
    Hello, I just ordered a Refurbed 21' iMac today. I currently have a mid 2007 MacBook running Lion that I have been backing up to an external HD via Time Machine (wirelessly).

    When I get the iMac...

    1) Should I install the free Lion upgrade first?

    2) Can I just set up the iMac directly from the MacBook backups? (When it asks if I want to transfer files from another Mac?)

    3) Will I need to change the name of the Backup for future backups because I plan on wiping the MacBook and selling it?

    I would really just like a seamless switch from MacBook to iMac with all my same data, setup, etc.
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    Since the backup is of a Lion machine, you'll need Lion on the destination before you can migrate from it.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    1. Yes

    2. Yes

    3. Time Machine will start a new backup set for the new machine on its own.

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