Ordered my MBA and sold my rMBP, how do I migrate?

SpitUK

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Hi Guys, Just ordered a MBA 13", i7, 8Gb, 256Gb and sold my rMBP. I need to send the rMBP before the MBA arrives. How can I migrate everything without installing everything again? Thanks.
 

SpitUK

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OK, didn't realise you could restore to a different model. Do I still use migration assistant or time machine to restore? Thanks.
 

Hellhammer

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OK, didn't realise you could restore to a different model. Do I still use migration assistant or time machine to restore? Thanks.
While setting up the new Mac, it will ask if you'd like to transfer data from a Time Machine backup, so just use that.
 

ohbrilliance

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OK, didn't realise you could restore to a different model. Do I still use migration assistant or time machine to restore? Thanks.
You sure can. Apple makes it so easy to move from machine to machine, upgrade OS or change drives. I haven't reinstalled anything in the six years I've been with Apple.
 

Bear

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OK, didn't realise you could restore to a different model. Do I still use migration assistant or time machine to restore? Thanks.
As Hellhammer said, when you boot the new Mac, it will ask if you want to copy your data from a Time Machine backup. Do that.

Do not try and boot into Recovery and do a full Time Machine restore from your old system's backup. It appears that the stock 10.8.4 won't run on the new Air.
 

SpitUK

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OK, thanks guys, Sounds simple. I will be without a computer for a few days but at least I know I can get my stuff back on quickly.