Using time machine on new equipment

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by davejay00, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. davejay00 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have an older MacBook Air that I am trying to time machine transfer on to a new MacBook Air. When I attempt this it states that the hardware is incompatible? Are there limitations on what can and cannot be used with time machine at all please?

    Many thanks for any help / advice in advance.

    Kind Regards
    Dave
     
  2. Stewart21 macrumors regular

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    Need more information. What versions of OSX are on each laptop. Are you using an external drive? Are you using a cable between the two laptops, is so what cable? What models of macbook air are they?
     
  3. davejay00 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Stewart,

    It is an external HDD. The time machine backup was taken from 10.8.4 and the new Mac is out the box.

    Dave
     
  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Use Migration assistant to import the Time Machine data, don't do a full time machine restore.
     
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Like MagicBoy said, connect your backup disk to the new MBA and just run the Migration Assistant. This has worked like a champ for me the last two times I upgraded to new hardware.

    The software is smart enough to know which files can just be copied and which files must be replaced with new versions.
     

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