3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2013 2:32 PM by Klaus1
Jeffdube Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Transfer info from 2008 Imac to a new one?


iPhone 3GS, iOS 5, Lion installed on IMac.
  • 1. Re: IMac New Computer Installation
    ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)

    Transfer all of the info from the old iMac onto an external hard disk.  This can be any cheap hard disk that is big enough to hold all of the data.  Once you do that, you can drag it all back into the new iMac.

  • 2. Re: IMac New Computer Installation
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    Very simple if you have been backing up the old computer. Use a Time Machine backup or bootable clone backup. When you turn on the new iMac for the first time it will ask if you are migrating from another Mac, choose yes. Then if you are using TM on the old machine choose the TM option and follow the on-screen instructions. If you backup using a bootable clone then choose that drive and follow the on-screen instructions. If you have already received the new iMac and ignored Setup Assistant instructions then you have a second chance with Migration Assistant. Migration Assistant is located in Applications - Utilities - Migration Assistant. Open that app and follow the instructions. MA and SA are cousins, similar but different. The primary difference is MA will create a new  user account when it migrates your data,  you will need to log into that account to access your data, settings, apps etc...

  • 3. Re: IMac New Computer Installation
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)