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Migrating data from MacBook Pro to new Imac Desktop

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maxcat64 Calculating status...
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Jan 14, 2013 3:57 PM

Just received my new 27' Imac Desktop and have begun the process of migrating data from my MacBook Pro to the new Imac.

I have around 220GB of data comprised mostly of videos and photos.

The Imac is showing a completion time of around 45 hours!!.

Does this sound reasonable given the amount of data being transferred?

PS; I have connected the MacBook Pro via Ethernet as recommended.

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  • natancaleb Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 10:55 PM (in response to maxcat64)

    That does seem very long. the 3 times i've done it i've always moved it to a hard drive and then onto the new computer. it's never taken me more than 5 hours or so with close to a TB of video.


    now that i think back when i went directly from one computer to another it did take longer, but i wasn't doing that much data.

  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 5:56 AM (in response to maxcat64)

    I just got a new iMac on January 2nd, and moved 320GB worth of data from my external Time Machine backup drive (a Firewire drive connected to the new iMac via the Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter) to the new iMac in about 3 hours or so.  This was all done via Setup Assistant, not Migration Assistant (which can be run later on for those in a hurry to use their new Mac).


    It almost sounds to me as if you're transferring everything via WiFi.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,160 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to maxcat64)

    If you failed to use the Setup Assistant on first boot connected via hard wire, I suggest starting over, wiping the HD, using the recovery mode to reinstall the OS, and on first boot following the steps in  Pondini's Setup New Mac guide.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2


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