4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2013 1:11 PM by Jazz69Mac
Jazz69Mac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi,

 

I recently upgraded my hard drive and installed a fresh copy of Lion on it, however I want to transfer my files from my previous drive (Lion), however I don't have an external hard drive to compelte this task neither do I have a spare Mac lying around. Is there anyway that I can plug the previous drive in as a USB and transfer the files manually or using Time Machine somehow so that it recgonizes my files and tranfers it.

 

 

Thanks


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,810 points)

    If you're referrring to the drive you removed from the MacBook, you'll need an external case or drive adapter to be able to mount the drive and access its file. If you can use the old drive as a backup, there are a number of places you can purchase a case for it. If you have no interest in keeping the drive once you get the files from it, something like this may be the least expensive:

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/ADESATAUSB3O/

     

    Regards.

  • Jazz69Mac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I already have the USB case and connection (that is where the new hard drive came from), hence my question how to use Time Machine or can I copy the old files and folders onto the new drive, would it work or is there a way that Lion can transfer the files via the USB cable.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,810 points)

    You would have had to use Time Machine to make a backup to be able to use it to restore. So no, you can't use TM. You can certainly copy the files and folders; either use Migration Assistant to move things, or just mount the drive on your Mac and drag-copy what you want to keep to the location you wish to have it in.


    Regards.

  • Jazz69Mac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    shot thanks it worxxxxx