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Acid Test of Mac Transfer

October 19, 2010 7:05:47.028

Sometime in the next few days I'm going to find out how well Mac to Mac transfer works - I need to return my MacBook Pro to Cincom, which means:

  • Getting a new Mac (I'm looking at the 13" model)
  • Transferring all of my apps and data to it

I've done the transfer before, back when we bought an iMac a few years ago - but that was from an old g4 based mini, and there weren't any apps on the mini that required registration. I've installed a whole bunch of things onto this Mac, so we'll have to see how it goes...

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Acid Test of Mac Transfer

[Dan Winkler] October 19, 2010 11:03:55.861

An easy way to do that is to back up the old Mac to an external disk using TimeMachine (Apple's built-in backup software) and then restore to the new Mac. It works great and transfers the entire state of the computer.

Re: Acid Test of Mac Transfer

[Henry] October 20, 2010 3:34:21.396

I did a similar thing when switching to an SSD, it was surprisingly easy...

Open Disk Utility, switch to Restore tab, select my old internal HD as source, and the new disk (connected in an external chassis) as destination, click proceed, a little bit later, done!

Plop in the SSD, turn it on, and... everything was just the same.

Had to reinstall my bootcamp partition (was upgrading from XP to Win7 anyways), but other than that I have been using it for a year now without noticing anything bad.

Not sure how the licensing thing work on Mac as I initially got it with 10.4 installed and haven't done an install from scratch yet, but if that's not a problem it might be an approach which can spare you some frustration.

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