8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2013 12:45 PM by Lanny
Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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.

 

SPECIFICS:

 

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)
  • 1. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Use Migration Assistant.

  • 2. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Will that work when the old MBP's hard drive is in an external case, and connected to the new iMac via USB?

  • 3. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Yes

  • 4. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

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

  • 5. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This brings an important question to mind:

     

    This may seem silly, but I haven't bought a new Mac in over five years, so please bear with me.

     

    Does Migration Assistant allow you to transfer over *everything* on an old hard drive, including multiple user folders and installed applications? I'm weighing the possibility of accelerating my setup and get-back-to-work process by (1: having my repair-technician extract the hard disk from inside the defunct MacBook Pro (just dropped it off today), then (2: put the "old" hard drive in a USB case, and (3: use the iMac's "migration assistant"/"setup assistant" to copy everything over, data, settings, installed apps and all, to get up and running faster.

     

    Would this work? The only thing I'm concerned about is that the MacBook Pro ran MacOS 10.6.8 and the new iMac runs 10.8 and I wouldn't want to overwrite all the new Apple applications that come with 10.8. Is this a serious concern?

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

    --WA

  • 6. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A perplexing notion occurred to me today. A friend who is a technician extracted the hard disk from my (dead) MacBook Pro, and I am getting ready to go pick that one up from him. I will follow the Setup Assistant procedure for that hard disk, transferring the data from the remains of my old MacBook Pro to my new iMac. That will be a no-brainer.

     

    But now there is another concern on my mind.

     

    For years, I have used a 1.25 GHz G4 iMac (an "igloo" iMac) as a part-time workstation and file server. It is sitting on the same table as the new Core i5 iMac. I want to transfer the information off of the old G4 iMac into the new Core i5 iMac as well. (I will be slowly phasing out the "igloo" iMac over time; it still gives my access to old software that I'm not able to replace just yet.) The old G4 "igloo" has USB 2 and FireWire 400 ports. The "new" Core i5 iMac has Thunderbolt, USB 3 and I also have a couple of Thunderbolt-to-FireWire 800 adaptors that I bought with the new iMac.

     

    Even though the old G4 "igloo" will still have some use left in it, I want to transfer over the data to the new Core i5 machine in preparation for the eventual decommissioning of the G4 "igloo". What is the best way fo doing this? Both iMacs will have password-protected user folders, but I never used File Vault.

     

    How do I transfer the old iMac's data over to the new iMac?

  • 8. Re: How do I transfer my data from a HDD to an iMac?
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    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.