Transfering programs from Macbook to iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tjbeck, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. tjbeck macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2010

    I remember two years ago sending some programs to my macbok via ethernet but seemingly forgot how the process went. I'm wondering if thats only when you put in the start up disc? If anyone has any ideas let me know!


  2. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    As a suggestion for "clean" install, perhaps it might be best to install the Apps from scratch. re: New install from original CD/DVD. And when completed, apply necessary patches / upgrades - when connected to Internet. Thus, ensuring all applications and their components are installed "clean".

    For apps data files, it might be best to purchase external Hard Disk, connect via USB port and "copy" files over. And at the same time, determine what data files you want to keep (copy over) or trash. After needed data files are copied over, one can then use their external Hard Disk with included Time Machine - for automatic backups. If wondering, I have an external HD connected to my iMac via FW800 Port. This same drive can also be connected via USB cable. Thus, allowing both short term and long term benefits. These days, external HDs are affordable. re: Inder $120....

    Some folks use a Migration tool and have success. For me, I use "manual" install of Apps and manual "copy" of data files....

    Good luck.

  3. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I'm wondering if you are referring to the use of Migration Assistant to transfer individual files, applications etc from one machine to another. In this case, just connect the two machines together with an ethernet cable and after clicking on Migration Assistant (in the Utils folder) on the iMac, just follow the instructions.

    When I bought my new iMac, I transferred everything that was on my old machine to the new one. This way, all original settings etc are preserved.
  4. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    If you don't already have one its worth making a time machine backup of your application folder then you can restore the entire application folder when ever/wherever you like.

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