2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2013 12:51 PM by mende1
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I have old Mac Book Pro running Snow Leopard.  I want to migrate all to new Mac Book pro w/ Mountain Lion. What's the best way to do this?  Note: old Mac Book Pro won't upgrade to Lion.


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.4), Lion Server
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (262,780 points)

    Upgrade Paths to Snow Leopard, Lion, and/or Mountain Lion


    You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed.


    Upgrading to Snow Leopard


    You can purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard — Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.


    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.


         Snow Leopard General Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

           2. 1GB of memory

           3. 5GB of available disk space

           4. DVD drive for installation

           5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;

               fees may apply.

           6. Some features require Apple’s iCloud services; fees and

               terms apply.


    Upgrading to Lion


    If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.


    You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service — this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax.  It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.


         Lion System Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7,

               or Xeon processor

           2. 2GB of memory

           3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

           4. 7GB of available space

           5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.


    Upgrading to Mountain Lion


    To upgrade to Mountain Lion you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion installed. Purchase and download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. Mountain Lion is $19.99 plus tax. The file is quite large, over 4 GBs, so allow some time to download. It would be preferable to use Ethernet because it is nearly four times faster than wireless.


         OS X Mountain Lion — System Requirements


           Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion


             1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) — Model Identifier 7,1 or later

             2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) —

                 Model Identifier 5,1 or later

             3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) — Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) — Model Identifier 2,1 or later

             5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) — Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) — Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             7. Xserve (Early 2009) — Model Identifier 3,1 or later


    To find the model identifier open System Profiler in the Utilities folder. It's displayed in the panel on the right.


    Are my applications compatible?


             See App Compatibility Table — RoaringApps.


         For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,910 points)

    There are different ways to do it, but the easiest is to use Migration Assistant. See > http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4889


    Migration Assistant allows you to migrate your files from your old MacBook Pro to the new one. If you haven't set up your new MacBook yet, start it and set it up, so it will ask you to restore a backup. At this point, open Migration Assistant in the old Mac, choose the option to transfer files from another Mac on your new Mac and follow the steps of the link.


    Note that PowerPC applications aren't compatible with Mountain Lion, so I recommend you to get rid of these apps before using Migration Assistant