Thanks for the guide. This part in particular seems really helpful:
"You cannot transfer "backwards" from a newer "major" version of OSX to an earlier one (such as Mountain Lion 10.8.x to Lion 10.7.x). However, you can transfer "backwards" from a newer "minor" version to an earlier one (such as 10.8.2 to 10.8.1), but before using any Apple apps, you should upgrade to at least the same version as the original, as the older versions of the apps may not work properly with newer versions of data."
That being said, do you think it would actually apply for transferring a clone running on 10.7.5 (Lion) to the new iMac running 10.8 (Mountain Lion)? Or should I rely on the second paragraph that seems to indicate I'd be better off updating my clone (buying Mountain Lion on the macbook pro) then use the Setup Assistant to transfer my older settings.
I don't think there's only one good way to to do this. Which would you recommend?
…do you think it would actually apply for transferring a clone running on 10.7.5 (Lion) to the new iMac running 10.8 (Mountain Lion)?
Yes, since you won't be transferring the OS. That's not an option using the Setup Assistant.
Or should I rely on the second paragraph that seems to indicate I'd be better off updating my clone (buying Mountain Lion on the macbook pro) then use the Setup Assistant to transfer my older settings.
Waste of time and money unless you want to run ML on the older machine.
Funny I ran across this thread tonight. I just conducted a transfer or files today from my old Macbook to brand new iMac sing Migration Asst (via ethernet) and it was a breeze to do the process, but I laugh about this now. Nothing seems to have been transferred! LOL. It took abou 15 mns after following the instructions and I cant find anything new on the iMac that was on my Macbook? WTH over?
Does it have something to do with my Macbook NOT having the same OS? Do I need to select EVERY option available to transfer over (users, desktop, etc) because I just chose all files. I am still trying to figure out how to get my iTunes moved over to iMac also. Sorry to hijack your thread man!
I as well am having a similar issue. When I first booted up my new iMac, I chose to migrate later. When I did migrate I chose to migrate my user account (which I'm told included all my music, photos, etc.) and thus I now have 2 user accounts on my machine. I too wanted to use this to start as fresh as possible and bring over only the essentials to my new machine. Instead, I've been having difficulties getting my media over, syncing my iPhone with iTunes as well as some other issues. I'm considering restoring the iMac to factory settings and starting fresh but I have a few concerns some of which might've been addressed above:
- I'm moving to a newer version of OS X (Lion to Mountain Lion) so I want to make sure when I migrate that I'm using the latest version. Additionally, I want to be sure I'm using the most current version of other applications like iPhoto, etc.
- As a space saving measure, I deleted a lot of factory apps from my old machine: iMovie, iWeb, Garage Band, etc. Will those be there when I migrate?
Everything went perfectly well with Pondini's guide.
That being said, I inadvertedly gave your answer an "helpful" mention whereas it should have been "this solved my question".
If you were to write another reply, I'll glady indicate it as such. 2013-03-09: "Solved my problem" given!
Thanks everyone for your time and help!
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