Using time machine on new equipment

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

  1. davejay00 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2011
    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
  2. Stewart21 macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2011
    South Yorkshire
    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

    Dec 5, 2011
    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.

  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Use Migration assistant to import the Time Machine data, don't do a full time machine restore.
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    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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