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Seamless Migration

October 22, 2010 8:43:12.851

I've moved from one Windows box to another many, many times over the years, as the one i was using got old and needed to be replaced. Invariably it was a painful experience, requiring me to track down every blasted install disk (later, CD/DVD) I had and manually re-installing everything. Getting data to the new machine typically meant some kind of backup/restore or network transfer; there was never any automated support. For all I know, Windows 7 is better at that, but I haven't looked.

What I do know is this: moving from one Mac to another is the simplest thing I've ever seen. I walked into the Apple store yesterday, got a new 13" machine, and brought it home with a Firewire cable (I could have used my LAN, but the direct connection was faster). I followed the migration assistant instructions, and about 3 hours later (maybe less; I went to the gym in the middle of all that) it was done. I reset the Cincom machine to a base Snow Leopard install, with all the data on it erased, and had a new machine that is - for all intents and purposes - the same system. All the software works, all my settings were preserved... it's fantastic.

I realize that a Windows box costs less money, but boy - the time sink aspects are another thing entirely...

posted by James Robertson


Re: Seamless Migration

[Scott Gibson] October 22, 2010 9:11:20.996

I have agree with you James! I migrated from my older MacBook Pro to my newer one using a Firewire cable and it was the absolute easiest migration on any system I have ever done. There were varying online opinions on the best route to take or not to take when migrating. A good number of those opinions disagreed with one another. I figured I would try the Firewire route. If things turned out horrible I could just blow the system away and try something different. I had no problems whatsoever. Things like this are one of the reasons why I have grown in my appreciation for Apple products.

Re: Seamless Migration

[erikgj] October 22, 2010 13:29:16.406

Apple products are more expensive but easier to support and you can run all major families of operating systems: Mac, Windows, linux and develop for iOS devices. The Mac will be worth more money when you trade it in. Nothing worth less than a 4 year old PC laptop.

Also the build quality of PC laptops has dropped recently. My company buys about 10 laptops a month only name brands. The DOA and failure rates have been shocking.

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