Please help me migrate!!!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by evsabr, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. evsabr macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    So my shiny new 27" imac with 256 SSD and 2 TB HDD arrived today. I would like to keep all applications on the SSD and have all other data on the HDD. The question I have is how do I migrate all files (other than apps) from my "old" imac to my new imac? I have never done this before and am looking for an idiot step by step guide (and yes, I am the idiot here).

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  2. evsabr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
  3. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    How much data are you migrating?

    Although it will take longer, you can always move your Documents, iTunes, iPhoto, etc after the migration is done.
  4. evsabr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    The data I am migrating is larger by about 60 GB than the SSD so I can't migrate it all to the SSD and then move it to the HDD. There must be a way to configure migration assistant so that I can migrate directly to the HDD.

    (although I supposed I could do it in stages...but I have to believe there is a better way!)

    Thank you again!
  5. DJHack macrumors regular

    May 6, 2011
    Cardiff, Wales
    I'd love to have known if there is an easier way but I couldn't find one. I was in a similar position so, whilst I am definitely no expert at all, this is what I did:

    - migration assistant over everything to SSD except iTunes, documents, dropbox, movies etc etc

    - manually copied over - by attaching Ethernet cable between the two - the other files to the HDD (or you could use an external drive)

    - ALT-Click to open iTunes, iphoto, aperture ... This gives you the chance to change the default library location and point elsewhere.

    - I noticed that, whilst all the files for iTunes media can be on the HDD I had to put the iTunes folder containing the library file etc on the SSD so that it retained playlists etc etc. Also I found pointing iTunes to the HDD and then getting it to sort again for me (advanced prefs) ensured it knew where everything was!

    Oh, and running home sharing and 'check for items missing' between both Macs is useful too as it can copy over anything you might have missed - although very unlikely.

    With the Apps bought from the Mac App Store, you will need to enter your itues password the first time you open them.

    The 'original' documents, music, movies etc files in my home directory cannot be moved so I've just left them there. Obviously, in iTunes case that seemed necessary anyway.

    That has all worked and my versions of iTunes, Aperture, iphoto, dropbox etc.

    I know this is probably rudimentary but just thought I'd share my experience. I also found that restarting both the Mac & apps helped to double check everything was working.

    I'm afraid to say that Apple dropped the ball on this. This was too technical and they should have released a new migration assistant and the folder structure should already put the files on HDD like they suggested!

    Good luck. It'll work amazingly when done :D
  6. evsabr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    Thank you DJHack....I will try it out tonight. I would imagine this will be a common issue in light of the new imacs with both SSD and HDD.
  7. DJHack macrumors regular

    May 6, 2011
    Cardiff, Wales
    I thinks so ... i am sure they will come up with an even better solution at some point but this has got me through and got it all working properly.

    A bit :confused: to be fair! Got there in the end.

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