Use Migration Assistant via a Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jaded-mandarin, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. jaded-mandarin macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2008
    I'm about to switch jobs between companies who are part of the same group of companies.

    Unfortunately my director has dug his heels at me leaving and refused to let me take my machine upstairs and cross charge my old company for it.

    I have the same machine on order for upstairs, but I'm unsure whether I'll have to give up my old one before I receive the new one. I was hoping to use Migration Assistant to just port everything on to the new one and carry on as normal, but with me being unsure of time scales, I was wondering whether it is possible to use a hard drive with Migration Assistant instead of Mac to Mac (old Mac to HD - HD to new Mac)?
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Pretty sure I did this with a Time
    Machine backup. I just backed up my old computer and restored the new computer from Time Machine. Can someone else confirm?
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I assume you have a current back up of your Mac to an external HD. What kind of backup is it (current Time Machine or clone)? If it is a full backup to an external drive then Migration Assistant will work fine. I have done that many times.
    Here is a Apple link that has more information:
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Does your company use a NAS or a VLAN setup?
  5. jaded-mandarin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2008
    Thanks all for your replies.

    Good news, my employer has said they'll keep the MacBook as is until my new one arrives. I'm working between companies for a month as a transition and to tie up loose ends anyway so it would have been clueless of them to wipe it.

    In regards to the external HD, I thought about Time Machine but haven't really kept my pulse on all things Apple for a few years now and wasn't sure that way would work.

    What I'll do to be sure is do a full Time Machine backup to my Ex HD and then I should be good to restore my new Mac from that if anything happens?
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yep... that will do the trick.
  7. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012

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