Transferring from external hard drive to new iMac - advice needed

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jersey10, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. jersey10 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    My new iMac is arriving tomorrow and I need to transfer everything over to it. I know about Migration Assistant, but I want to know if there will be any complications due to the data I have on an external hard drive.

    Specifically, I currently have an older (white) iMac hooked up to two 2TB external hard drives. One if for backup but the other one has all my iPhoto and iTunes content on it, including about 1.5 TB of movies and TV shows that I have ripped. None of this material is on the computer's internal hard drive - it is all on the external hard drive.

    Because my new iMac has a 2 TB internal hard drive, I want to transfer all the iPhoto and iTunes content currently on the external hard drives onto the internal hard drive of the new iMac. Will Migration Assistant handle this and will it be clear what I need to do?

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. GoDuke1 macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2011
    North Carolina
    I didn't have that much content, but i imported 20,000 photo's from my external to the iMac using the import function in iPhoto. I wouldn't recommend that method at all (it made 1 event with all the photo's in it) I ended up opening up the folder in finder and dragging the contents into iPhoto and it worked fine.

    iTunes was a little better. I was able to import all my music with no issues.

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