3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2014 12:12 AM by K Shaffer
Faild Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey I'm planning to get new macbook air soon and I was wondering, I got mini mac now where I got loads of apps with addons Is it possible for me to transfer some of the apps which I got on my mac mini to macbook without instaling them ?

Mac mini
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (11,680 points)

    You could try to see what may transfer on setup using Migration

    Assistant, mostly your created files would be moved over and

    then you'd have to get applications that could open & convert

    them to run in the new operating system. Otherwise...


    {Without the installers or a license allowing re-installation from an

    online source, or other media allowing more than one installed

    version at a time, the answer (for several reasons) would be no.}


    Applications from the era prior to Lion 10.7 that relied on Rosetta

    under Snow Leopard, Leopard, etc, won't run if they contain PPC

    code, so the answer may vary depending on several things.


    And the new Macs (except base MB Pro w/ optical drive) do not

    have a DVD drive, and any older applications should be installed

    from their original media. Per the license agreement conditions.


    Perhaps someone else can supply more information, or you could

    post a re-worded question in the Mavericks OS X 10.9 discussions

    area since that is the system that is on the new MB/Air, & others.



    Good luck!

  • Faild Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!

    What about back up? Could I set up my new mac using backup from my mini mac?

    I got external drive where my Mac mini is constantly backed up

  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (11,680 points)

    You can use a backup such as Time Machine, to help migrate to a new computer.


    •OS X: How to migrate data from another Mac using Mavericks



    Toward the bottom of this ^ article you can see a toggle triangle that opens more

    info about using migration assistant with a time machine, or other backup HDD.

    It says, "Time Machine or other disk migration." The rest may be helpful, too.


    The support article below is similar to this Mavericks one. I likely could find

    other online articles with additional details, as some are cited here in ASC

    discussions by some of the long-time high number volunteers. I have bookmark

    links to places I've been over the past 15 years, some still work. So I may have

    to look through the sites to see if any are applicable to this discussion.


    (A few articles may suggest upgrading the OS X in the older computer, but

    I would avoid anything but a minor step to the system in your old computer

    because an upgrade to an old one may be a very bad idea. It can be awful.)


    There are other articles in Support, some are more specific and others try to

    cover a wider range of general purpose when possible. Things change, so an

    older article may help to some extent, depending on the old OS X vintage;

    should any question relate to the Mini's current OS X or what the applications

    are that you may need to have similar ones of, to use documents or other files

    you made in the older system & mini, in a new system in a MB/Air.


    In some instances there may be a reference to a 'setup assistant' and some

    of that is similar to the migration assistant; except one can be used before

    you've personalized the new mac, and have it import stuff on initial boot up

    of the new computer. I'd tend to wait and do that later, to see what really

    can be done with the new computer, and use migration assistant later.


    An older article similar to the one linked above, also mentions using setup assist.


    •OS X: How to migrate from another mac using Mt Lion or earlier:



    If you have an Apple Store with Genius bar, you could ask to see if they can

    help you set up the new Mac, if you take your old one & backup hard drive

    or time machine device in. Some can do that. However be sure that your old

    Mini still has all its stuff since you may need to use it for the older applications

    should some newer ones not be to your liking; or as a backup computer, if

    you were planning on keeping it around. What Mini model series is it?


    The Help viewer in your computer, should be able to supply you with more

    information, and depending on the version OS X and its Help viewer, it

    may draw information from the Support database servers online. I use a

    google search or other, on occasion, & get Support articles that way, too.


    Hopefully the new MacBook Air works out for you. I'd considered a MB/Pro

    due to generally higher specs available, but don't really need Retina display.

    So I get 'pre-buyers remorse' instead of being a compulsive buyer...


    Good luck!


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