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Migration from non-Firewire MacBook to new Retina MacBook

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I have just purchased a new Retina MacBook.  My current MacBook is the 2008 model without a Firewire port.  Since the old MacBook does not have Firewire or Thunderbolt, and the new MacBook does not have Ethernet, I am left with Wi-Fi as the migration alternative.  I suspect that this will be a VERY slow procedure.


I do have an external USB 2 hard drive with a full bootable backup.  My question is:  Can I connect this hard drive via USB to the new MacBook and migrate the files? If so, would this be faster than using Wi-Fi? 


Thanks for any advice.

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)

    This is an option that you may consider:



    Ethernet transfer will be much faster than wireless.



  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)

    Pleased to here that you are now where you want to be despite your difficulties.  What yo have learned may help you in the future if you find yourself in a similar situation.  Good luck.




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