Transferring files from my old macbook....

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by asaad, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. asaad macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2006
    I just bought a Macbook Air, and was wondering could I use a usb to usb cable to transfer my files? What are my options? Thanks!
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I suggest an external hard drive. If you don't already have one, get one. They are nice to have in the event you need to transfer a huge file or to backup your current machine. If you go get a new one, format it with HFS+/HFS Extended, not NTFS or FAT.
  3. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Target disk mode only works over Firewire, not USB.

    For an Air, I recommend using a fast USB external hard drive to copy files.

    But, if you have lots of time, you can also enable file sharing on the old Mac's disk, mount the shared drive on the new MacBook, then copy over wifi.
  4. gimmi80 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    I'm in the same situation.
    I decided to go back to the air and I just ordered one.
    What's the best way to transfer everything ( data and software).
    I've a time capsule. Should I use that function?
  5. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I believe that during the first time startup routine, OS X gives you the opportunity to transfer your files from a recent Time Machine backup of your old computer. This will not disturb the new OS X files which may be critical for your new Mac to function properly if your old computer was not running the latest version of OS X.

    The Time Machine backup could be from your Time Capsule, or for faster transfer, from a usb hard drive with a TM backup on it.
  6. abuleban macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    I used

    the Ethernet adapter and transferred the apps and settings from my old machine, then went back and transferred the data using an external HD. The WD ones these days are pretty good, you can get a 1 TB drive for just over a hundred on Amazon
  7. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Very simple really get an external HD and using either SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner backup the old notebook to the EHD. Then when you get the MBA using Setup Assistant and when it asks if you have another Mac answer yes, ensure the EHD is connected and then choose that volume. I did this when I got MBA, the migration went flawlessly.

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