For all things TM... See Pondini's excellent information here...
In particular... FAQs and Troubleshooting...
I currnently have an iMac
I just bought a Macbook Pro.
(both running Mt Lion)
I want the Macbook Pro to mirror the iMac so I can wipe the iMac drive and sell it.
Ive used Time Machine before (when I got the iMac last year) to transfer (mirror) my old iMac to my new.
Thought it'd be jsut as easy to do from iMac to MBP, but not so much.
When I say mirror.. i Mean look EXACTLY like my iMac. Same Dock Apps, same Desktop iCons, same Wallpaper.. SAME EVERYTHING.. I've done it before..
However, when I run the MBP in Restore Mode and try it doens't see any backups when I have the Time Machine Disk that Ive been using on my iMac for a year. It says "No OS X system backups were found"
Ive also tried Migration Assistant.
When it asks me starts searching for the drive (Time Machine drive), and yes its plugged in.. the status wheel just keeps turning and turning.. (which to me means it can't find it)
Im so frigging confused.. Ive done this twice before SEEMLESSLY, and it worked perfect..
This time.. for some reason it's telling me I have no Backups.. but when I reconnct the TM disc to the iMac that its been backing up.. I have Backups. I don't get why the MBP isnt reading it in Restore mode or Migration Asst.
When I enter TM. The Finder Folder appears. My Home folder is highlighted.
The Folders in the window are shown alphabetically.
Adobe, Applications, Desktop, Docuements, Dowloads, etc..
No System Folder
nor on the Left Side Bar.
Listed is my home folder.
Destop.. etc.. no System Folder there either.
but before I do this procedure, can I ask what an exlusion list is?
you mentioned, "If you have a long exclusion list that can't be recreated easily, you may prefer a more complicated procedure that preserves the exclusion list. In that case, ask for instructions. "
I dont know what that is, so I dont know if I should do the insructions you gave me..
thanks for your help! this has been great!!!
should I do a Restore from disk, or use Migration?
Ideally, neither. You should use Setup Assistant, which runs automatically the first time you boot the new machine. If you've already booted it and set up an account, it's too late to do that, unless you erase everything and start over. The alternative is to use Migration Assistant, but then you'll get another account in addition to the one you already have. All your files will be in that account. You can keep both, if you wish, and use the first account only for administrative tasks such as installing software. Otherwise you'll have to copy the files from one account to the other.