now that i got my imac, how do i transfer everything over?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by acrahm, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. acrahm macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2007
    i got my 27' imac and im unsure how to transfer everything over from my mac mini and MBP. how can i basically transfer everything over so i have all the same applications, files etc?
  2. CraigB3 macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2009
    If you go into your utilities folder you'll find a programme called migration assistant.
    It's pretty simple and takes you through step by step.
  3. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Yeah migration assistant will do the job. If you have a time machine backup from your other machines you can connect the drive to your new iMac and migration assistant will allow you to transfer your files/apps across from that too! [​IMG]
  4. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    Migration Assistant is great because it's simple. It's also terrible because it's simple.

    Which is to say, if your previous mac/s are all "gunked up" with old apps, pref files, and whatnots, you may decide to take advantage of the opportunity to set up a clean machine.

    Unfortunately, Migration A doesn't provide sufficient granularity for this.

    If you want to move things over "by hand" you can with a bit of googling find information on how to safely transfer things like your keychain, address book, ical, itunes, safari and other "core data".

    I did this recently when upgrading to an iMac 27" and although there was a degree of time involved I like knowing I have a mac free from accreted detritus. (I kept a timemachine copy of the prev machine's HD so if I down the road realize I forgot to migrate/move over something vital I can always go back and get it.)

    Migration A is definitely less hassle though.

    Good luck!

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