transferring data from old macbook to new macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pizzicato, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. pizzicato macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    Would it be quicker simply connecting the two macbooks using a firewire cable or should I transfer data to an external hard drive using Superduper, and then transferring to the new macbook?

    By the way, the external hard drive has a USB 2.0 connection.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. movieboy23 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    i would restart the old macbook in target disk mode by holding down 't' at startup and then connect a firewire cable between the two computers. From there, you'll be able to transfer over all of your old data to your new computer.
  3. movieboy23 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    also, when you do this, the old macbook will simply appear as an external hd on the desktop of your new macbook. happy computing!
  4. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Target Disk Mode and the Firewire Cable, or use the built in Migration Manager and use FireWire.

  5. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
  6. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Firewire, and if you haven't done it yet, the new MacBook will ask you shortly after start-up if you have files you want to import from another computer. Just say yes.

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