6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2014 10:09 AM by Hiro
Hiro Level 1 (5 points)

Hi everyone,

My wife is using Windows Vista (BootCamp) on her MacBook now, but she finally decided to use Mac OS (it'll be Mavericks).


I believe that PC and Mac have to be connected via network (or Ethernet cable) to use Apple Windows migration tool, correct?


How can I migrate it in my case? Can I use MS (Windows) backup tool? Does Mac migration tool recognize this Windows backup? I prefer to use Apple migration tool, but any other good suggestions?


Please advise.

Thank you!

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,383 points)

    Clarification question - if your wife is using a MacBook with Boot Camp, where is the PC part coming in? She can run Mavericks on the same MacBook as the Boot Camp partition.


    Migration Assistant


    Migration Assistant (2)


    Migration Assistant – Tips and Tricks


    Migration Assistant - Windows


    Migration Assistant/Set Up Assistant - Mavericks

  • Hiro Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you Eric,

    It has 10.5 (+Vista) now. I want to initialize the drive (delete BootCamp) and just want to install 10.9. All her files are in Vista. She never used this 10.5.

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,383 points)

    You are welcome.


    Check that your computer is compatible with Mountain Lion/Mavericks.

    To check the model number hold down the option/alt key, go to the Apple menu and select System Information (may be called something else in 10.5).


    • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) model number 5,1 or higher
    • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) model number 3,1 or higher
    • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) model number 2,1 or higher


    Your Mac needs:

    • OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
    • 2 GB or more of memory (More is better - 4 GB minimum seems to be the consensus)
    • 8 GB or more of available space


    If your computer isn’t compatible, you might be able to upgrade to Lion.   


    Computer Compatibility - Lion                       Lion


    Check to make sure your applications are compatible. PowerPC applications are no longer supported after 10.6.      


    Application Compatibility


    Applications Compatibility (2)


    You will need to get Snow Leopard.         Snow Leopard Purchase    


    Once you have Snow Leopard, boot off the Snow Leopard DVD, run Disk Utility Repair Disk and Repair Permissions, Then erase the entire hard drive (top one in Disk Utility) formatting it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Install Snow Leopard and update using Software Update to 10.6.8. The combo update will shorten the process.


    10.6.8 Combo Updater


    Then go to the App Store and download Mavericks. I would quit the installer and make a copy of the installer and move it out of your Applications folder. The installer self-destructs. The copy will keep you from having to download the installer again.  You can make a bootable USB stick to install using this free program.


    Bootable USB Flash Drive – Diskmaker X


    That should get you to Mavericks.


    If you want/need more RAM the 2 places I’ve seen recommended most to buy reliable RAM are below. I have purchased RAM several times from Other World Computing and have always been very satisfied with the product and service.




    Other World Computing

  • Hiro Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you again Eric,

    Yes, but I'm all set on 10.9 installation. My question is how to migrate all data in her BootCamp (Vista) after 10.9 installation.


    1) Should I use MS Windows backup (to external drive)?

    2) Does Apple migration process (after 10.9 installation) recognize this MS bakup (external drive) to migrate?

    3) Or can I backup her data to external drive using Apple Windows migration tool?


    Please advise!

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,383 points)

    You are welcome. It has been so long since I dealt with Windows that I don't think I am the best person to answer this. Hopefully, by answering you, it will bump the discussion back to the top where someone can provide you with good advice.

  • Hiro Level 1 (5 points)

    No problem, you've been great. Iw ill continue to search it.