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What's the best way to transfer an old 15" MacBook Pro to a new MacBook?

24262 Views 25 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 8:43 PM by defghi RSS
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)

    No, but it is easier because you need not worry about migrating an inaccessible user account. Just be sure that the admin account you create initially has a different username than the account you will eventually migrate.


    I just checked the specs for the MacBooks and they all have a built-in Ethernet port.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)

    Go check out their store site where they have specs and pics. One of the pics shows the Ethernet port.


    As you know files in diferent user accounts are only accessible by the account owner. If you create, let's say, User A and User B, then User A cannot access the files of User B and vice-versa. Now assume you get a new computer. When you go through the Startup Assistant you're asked to create a new admin account. Suppose you name that account User A because that's what you've been using on the old computer. Later you decide to migrate your old user account from the old computer to the new one. Migration Assistant finds that the old machine's account is User A, the same name on the new machine. MA cannot overwrite your account so it tells you it will alter the name to User A2 or you can rename it to something else, but not to User A. So you go ahead with the migration and end up with two accounts, User A and User A2 (your old account.) But you cannot access the files on User A2 because you don't have permission.


    If you migrate your old account within Setup Assistant you do this at the start before there is any other account. The above problem is non-existent. You have the same user account on the new computer as on the old computer. No problems.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)

    Yes, you can log into the migrated account and delete the other account. Good luck.

  • Paul Duke1 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)

    I noticed your thread because I'm in a similar situation, going from old Macbook Air to a new one.


    As the above poster notes, you can do this via USB using an external hard drive, and to explain it even more simply, you can do it via USB from an external hard drive you are using for Time Machine backups. As I recall, that's how I did it when I got my current Macbook Air 2 years ago, moving from a 2008 Macbook Pro. It was very simple. So you wouldn't need to buy any additional cables or adapters, and assuming your client has an up-to-date backup, it shouldn't take any extra time by using the hard drive as an intermediary.


    It's explained in this Apple help document under "Time Machine or other disk migration".


  • Paul Duke1 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)

    For what it's worth, I think I'll just mention in here that in moving from my old Macbook Air via Time Machine backup to my new one six weeks ago I had a LOT of trouble with my Adobe Apps (Photoshop CS4). After a bunch of Googling around it seems that Adobe apps do not play friendly with Time Machine backups. Some files having to do with registration do not copy over properly and the only way to deal with the situation is to uninstall and then re-install. Seems to me that the last time I did this I used a bootable backup made by Superduper (if you don't know it, Google it, it's an excellent and cheap Mac backup program -- it makes a bootable backup which allows you to get back to work very quickly if you have a hard disk crash) to do the transfer and I didn't run into any of these problems with Adobe. Next time I hope I'll remember and use Superduper to move to a new computer rather than Time Machine.

  • defghi Calculating status...

    I purchased a 50' crossover (ethernet) cable to connect xbox's.  I have connected the crossover cable to my eMac and Macbooks and transferred info many times just as fast since a crossover cable sends information both ways at the same time.  You click on "System Preferences" on the computer you want to move files from.  Then click "sharing" check "file sharing".  Beneath where it says "Shared Folders'". click the + sign.  Then click on the Hard Drive you want to share files from and click "Add".  


    On the computter you want to move files to click on the finder or the HD. On the left, the HD of the other computer you are moving files from will show up.  Click on it and you can move many files by just dragging and dropping.  This works with most music files and movies etc... This can also be used with firewire and a normal ethernet cord.  Airport to airport also works this way by setting up a network on one computer.

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