Transferring data between old to new Mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Apple..., May 15, 2010.

  1. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Just wondering... how do you transfer all of your files/ music/ photos/ videos/ etc. on to your new Mac? Is there some cord you need to plug in to transfer everything, or should I go to the local Apple Store and have them do everything?
  2. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    The Apple store can do it for you YES!

    If both computers have firewire then that is the fastest way to transfer.

    If the new computer is NEW then when go to set it up it will ask if you want to transfer your data from your old Mac and will walk ya through it.

    If its not new then you can restore it with the disks and it will do the same.
  3. TiffanyBee macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2010
    The Apple Store can do it for you if you ask them to! But you could also get yourself an external harddrive & use Time Machine & Migration Assistant.

    In the long run, getting an external harddrive is essential! Especially if you're planning on sticking with Apple for a while. That way you can always transfer your stuff from one Mac to another with ease.
  4. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    I did it myself, pretty easy.
    When my new iMac came 4/16/10 I plugged it in and it asked me as part of initial set-up.
    I had choices, one was via network which mine was.
    (hardwired gigabit)
    Since new iMac is on 2nd floor and "old" Mac in basement, easier than moving either one.
    It moved 660GB of data, took like 6-8 hours over the network, did it at going to bed, done when woke up.

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