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Dizzy Star Level 1 (0 points)

need  help please...I switched to a new hard drive and i am trying to transfer my info from old hard drive that is on an external and i am stuck . The guy at the genius bar said it would be easy ?? Where do I start?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)

    Just drag your files from the externl drive to the new drive.


    Copy the following items from your old drive to the new drive:


    In your /Home/ folder: Documents, Movies, Music, Pictures, and Sites folders.


    In your /Home/Library/ folder:


    /Home/Library/Application Support/AddressBook (copy the whole folder) /Home/Library/Application Support/iCal (copy the whole folder)


    Also in /Home/Library/Application Support (copy whatever else you need including folders for any third-party applications)


    /Home/Library/Keychains (copy the whole folder) /Home/Library/Mail (copy the whole folder) /Home/Library/Preferences/ (copy the whole folder) /Home /Library/Calendars (copy the whole folder) /Home /Library/iTunes (copy the whole folder) /Home /Library/Safari (copy the whole folder)


    If you want cookies:


    /Home/Library/Cookies/Cookies.plist /Home/Library/Application Support/WebFoundation/HTTPCookies.plist


    For Entourage users:


    Entourage is in /Home/Documents/Microsoft User Data Also in /Home/Library/Preferences/Microsoft.


    Credit goes to Macjack for this information.


    If you need to transfer data for other applications please ask the vendor or ask in the  Discussions where specific applications store their data.


    5. Once you have transferred what you need restart the new Mac and test to make sure the contents are there for each of the applications.


    Reinstall your third-party software.

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    What's on the drive, and how did it get there (some folders dragged & dropped, Time Machine or "clone" backups, or what)?


    Has the new drive been installed in your Mac?

    If so, has it been formatted?

    if so, has OS been installed?

    If so, have any user accounts been created?

  • Atayo Level 1 (35 points)

    First things first - is the drive blank or did the Blue Shirt assist with reinstalling Lion?

  • Atayo Level 1 (35 points)

    @Kappy  Way to complicated for the OP.  Lets get some more info first.

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)

    Considering how many people have used the information, I doubt it. Maybe to complicated for you. But then I didn't see your suggestion.

  • Atayo Level 1 (35 points)

    @ Kappy  - no need for the insults.



    OP can you please provide some more information regarding your particular setup/issues?

  • Dizzy Star Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, before switching hard drives I did a back up of everything (hopefully) on an external.

    I had the genius bar install lion 10.7.3 and yes i created a user acct.

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)

    Still don't see any suggestion.

  • Dizzy Star Level 1 (0 points)

    am I "OP" ?

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    Dizzy Star wrote:


    Ok, before switching hard drives I did a back up of everything (hopefully) on an external.

    How did you do that?  If via Time Machine, your best bet is to do a full system restore from that backup, per Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #14.  That will restore everything just as it was at the time of the backup (and delete the user account you just created).


    If via a "cloning" app, such as CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper, just "clone" it back, using the same app.

  • Atayo Level 1 (35 points)

    @Dizzy Star -  Nice! This is what I wanted to hear! Alrighty go to your Applications folder, open the Utilities folder. In ther you will find the Migration Assistant. Select the option for 'From another .... other Disk' It shoudl walk you through the steps to restore your data.



  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)

    Just copy the files you need as I suggested eariler.


    If you connected the external drive to the computer, then you will have a drive icon for it on your Desktop. Double-click on the drive icon to open a Finder window onto your backup. You can copy by drag and drop unless your backup was made using Time Machine. In that case you can restore your files using the Time Machine application in the Applications folder. If you don't know how to do that then you will find helpful information at Pondini's Time Machine FAQ

  • Dizzy Star Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Guys I am using this community for the first time so forgive me if i am doing it wrong.

  • Dizzy Star Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, I will try that. wish me luck;-)

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