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How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?

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Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 11, 2013 5:25 PM

Several days ago, my aging MacBook Pro suddenly died on me. A repair technician I know diagnosed the laptop as having a bad logic board. We assume the MBP's internal hard drive (an aftermarket disk, installed by the same technician only a couple of years ago) is still functional.


I just bought a refurbished late-2012-model 21.5-inch Core i5 iMac. I want to have my technician-friend extract the MBP's hard drive from the laptop, put it in a cheap USB enclosure, and then copy the info from the hard drive onto the new iMac.




MacBook Pro 2,2 (2.33 GHz, aftermarket 500 GB HDD, MacOS 10.6.8)


iMac (late-2012 refurb, 2.9 GHz Core i5, 1 TB HDD, MacOS 10.8)'



These are the specs as I understand them.


I use LaCie's SilverKeeper for backups. My last backup for the MacBook Pro was getting a little old and I wanted to extract the info directly from the laptop's hard drive because there was some recent data on there I really wanted to save.


Is there a technique for copying only certain information over from an old hard drive to the new computer?


I want my e-mail (messages, accounts, passwords, signatures), calendar, address book, notes, iTunes, Safari bookmarks/history/passwords, and FireFox bookmarks/history/passwords all to be transferred over immediately. I have multiple e-mail accounts and social media activities set up and I want to be able to access them right away.


Is there an automated way to do this?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 5:41 PM (in response to Walt_Atwood)

    Use Migration Assistant.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 12, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to Walt_Atwood)


  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 12, 2013 6:14 AM (in response to Walt_Atwood)

    If you haven't setup your new Mac yet, use Setup Assistant.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 14, 2013 5:46 PM (in response to Walt_Atwood)

    When you first start the new Mac, you'll want to use Setup Assistant. It'll be like using Migration Assistant, but if you bypass the oppurtunity to use Setup Assistant and then use Migration Assistant at later time, it won't allow you to migrate users with the same user name.


    They will allow you to transfer all of your Users and applications from your old Mac. It will not overwrite applications that come with Mountain Lion.


    When you first startup your new mac, at some point, you will be asked if you want to migrate data from another Mac or a disk, or do it later. Plug your USB external that contains your old rescued drive into a USB port on the new mac and select from a disk. The select it as the migration source disk. You'll be given options to select the users that you want to migrate and whether or not you want to migrate the applications. However, you cannot pick or choose individual appilcations. So, it may bring over some legacy 3rd party PPC only apps that won't work with Mountain Lion, i.e., Office 2004 or AppleWorks, but you can always delete them afterwards.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Walt_Atwood)

    Since you have all of the Firewire cables and adapters, start the G4 in Target disc mode by holding down the "T" key while starting. Then connect the firewire cables and it should show on your new Mac as an external drive. Then just copy whatever data you need.


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