Swapping MacBooks

omerbaker

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I tried going on the internet with my wife's Macbook but the Airport card will not turn on. I googled the problem on my ipad and and tried some suggestions, but decided that it's not worth the time. My Macbook is used as a home theatre computer, hard wired to the internet, and is a little newer than my wife's. Is there an easy way to swap the info and settings from one macbook to another? They are both running OSX 10.8.5. Thanks!
 

balamw

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Do you have existing backups?

Do you have a sufficiently large drive to back both systems up to?

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omerbaker

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Apr 19, 2009
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I have a couple of 3 Tb external hard drives hooked up to the home theater set up. Would I just do a time capsule back up with both and then restore on the opposite macbook?
 

balamw

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Yeah, pretty much.

I'd back them both up to one of your externals and then boot from the restore partition and restore the other's backup.

I'm paranoid though. I typically won't do that without also having a bootable image of both (Carbon Copy Cloner).

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