Transfer Hard Drive from one iMac to another

Discussion in 'iMac' started by alarustic, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. alarustic macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2012
    I had an iMac delivered recently which was usable but faulty. I have been using it for a week and it is set up perfectly. Apple sent out a replacement, which has now arrived. Is there a simple way I can set up the replacement as an exact replica of the first machine by copying the data across?

    Thank you.
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Restore from the a Time Machine backup or connect them with a cable and using the migration assistant transfer everything from that.
  3. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    If you have a Thunderbolt cable, connect them together, put the old one in "Target Disk Mode", and use the Migration Assistant Option presented during setup of the new machine.

    You can also connect them with a ethernet cable for similar but slower results.

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