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Question: I just purchased a new iMac and need to transfer my music from a "Snow Lepoard" to a " High Sierra" operating system? Thank you

I just purchased an iMac (MacOS High Sierra 10.13 and need to transfer my music from another Mac (Snow Lepoard10.6.8). How do I make that happen?

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iMac with Retina 5K display, macOS High Sierra (10.13)

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Mar 16, 2018 5:19 PM in response to audreyfromgrove city In response to audreyfromgrove city

Because snow leopard doesn't have a Migration Assistant, you'd have to place all your files on an external disk and place them them on the new iMac.


You could also install OS X Lion which does have a Migration Assistant so you could transfer all your files using that

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Mar 16, 2018 2:22 PM in response to audreyfromgrove city In response to audreyfromgrove city

Apple's 6 pages of exhaustively meticulous step-by-step instructions: How to move your iTunes library to a new computer - https://support.apple.com/HT204318 Use this if you suspect any of your media are not in the standard location (iTunes Media folder).


My one-sentence summary if you always use iTunes' default preferences settings: Copy the entire iTunes folder (and in doing so all its sub-folders and files) intact to the other drive, hold down the option/alt key (shift on Windows) while starting iTunes, and when requested to select a library select the iTunes Library.itl file in the copied folder (Open a different iTunes Library file or create a new one - https://support.apple.com/HT201596).


When this is to a new drive/computer put the copied iTunes folder in the default location of Macintosh HD > Users > *User Name* > Music (or Home > Music) then you don't even need to start with the option key held down, iTunes will automatically look for it there. (Make sure there isn't anything already in the iTunes folder there that you want to keep since you will be replacing it with the one you are moving.) Remember to authorize the computer in iTunes to your Apple ID if you use this to sync to Apple mobile devices or play DRM protected media (e.g., movies).

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Mar 16, 2018 5:19 PM in response to audreyfromgrove city In response to audreyfromgrove city

Because snow leopard doesn't have a Migration Assistant, you'd have to place all your files on an external disk and place them them on the new iMac.


You could also install OS X Lion which does have a Migration Assistant so you could transfer all your files using that

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Mar 16, 2018 2:22 PM in response to audreyfromgrove city In response to audreyfromgrove city

Apple's 6 pages of exhaustively meticulous step-by-step instructions: How to move your iTunes library to a new computer - https://support.apple.com/HT204318 Use this if you suspect any of your media are not in the standard location (iTunes Media folder).


My one-sentence summary if you always use iTunes' default preferences settings: Copy the entire iTunes folder (and in doing so all its sub-folders and files) intact to the other drive, hold down the option/alt key (shift on Windows) while starting iTunes, and when requested to select a library select the iTunes Library.itl file in the copied folder (Open a different iTunes Library file or create a new one - https://support.apple.com/HT201596).


When this is to a new drive/computer put the copied iTunes folder in the default location of Macintosh HD > Users > *User Name* > Music (or Home > Music) then you don't even need to start with the option key held down, iTunes will automatically look for it there. (Make sure there isn't anything already in the iTunes folder there that you want to keep since you will be replacing it with the one you are moving.) Remember to authorize the computer in iTunes to your Apple ID if you use this to sync to Apple mobile devices or play DRM protected media (e.g., movies).

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Mar 16, 2018 5:26 PM in response to Limnos In response to Limnos

Thank you for your help but I'm computer illiterate so I had to invent my own method. I used a 4T external drive to down load just the music from the old Mac, plugged the drive into the new Mac, and let iTunes figure out the rest. Worked like a sweet charm and I didn't lose a note.


Thanks again.

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Question: I just purchased a new iMac and need to transfer my music from a "Snow Lepoard" to a " High Sierra" operating system? Thank you