New Mac mini set up

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bob5160a, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. bob5160a macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    I'm now using a 3yr old 13" Macbook running Snow Leopard. I've just purchased a new Mac mini. Is it feasible to make a disk copy of my Macbook HD and "restore" the copy onto the new Mac mini HD (using Carbon Copy Cloner, for example). This will save me many hours of work setting up, installing files, programs, etc.

    If not, is there some way to partially accomplish this using a Time machine backup?

    Thanks, Bob
  2. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
  3. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2008
    Migration Assistant can look into Time Machine backups and selectively restore user accounts, apps, etc, to the new machine. I just did this today with a new Mac mini. :)
  4. OldMike macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I had very good results with migration assistant as well. I had an iMac running leopard with all sorts of applications and utilities running. I was amazed that after migrating everything was intact, including all of my user and group permissions for the volumes I share out. The only thing that did not transfer over for me was the Windows samba account passwords, that I just needed to reset on the Mini. Coming from a Microsoft world, this was the nicest and most complete machine transition and upgrade that I have ever experienced!

    I think you will be surprised at how well it will work for you. I did the migration assistant immediately before logging in so that I could hopefully keep my user ids intact before creating accounts on the new machine, and that seemed to work out perfectly.

    Good luck.
  5. Vic 20 macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2010
    I'm in the process of changing machines. I'm currently using Leopard and will be changing to Snow Leopard. I know some programmes don't work with SL such as Parallels 3, if I upgrade them now (3 up to version 5) will that help or am I better to buy a new version suited to SL?

    Also, what happens with licences etc??

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