Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to get a new Mac this holiday season or you’re looking to consolidate files from an old computer to a newer one. With Migration Assistant on your Mac it’s easy to quickly transfer files, settings and other important information from one Mac to another. There are four options for making such a transfer, and we’ll explore all four of the following choices:
- TimeMachine backup or other disk
Before beginning your migration, please make sure to follow the following steps closely:
- Make sure your portable computer is connected to its power source if applicable.
- Run the Software Update application to ensure that all the software on your Mac is up to date.
- Update any third party software on your source Mac from which the files will be transferred.
- Make sure to disable any sleep settings on both computers – the computers should not go to sleep during this operation.
Here’s a run-down of the important steps using FireWire to migrate your files.
- Connect the computers to one another using a double FireWire cable.
- Restart the original Mac while pressing and holding down the “T” key.
- On the new (“target”) Mac, open the Migration Assistant in the Utilities folder and click continue.
- When prompted, enter your administration password.
- Select “Use FireWire.”
- Make sure to quit all open applications on both computers.
- The target Mac will ask you to select the programs and files that you wish to migrate. You should do this now.
- Once you’ve selected your choices, and clicked continue, the Migration Assistant will begin to transfer your selected files.
- You will receive an alert once the migration is complete. This may take from 30 minutes to hours, depending on the size of the files that you are transferring.
Updating wirelessly or through Ethernet
- Make sure both Macs are connected to the same network, either wirelessly or through an Ethernet cable. If you wish to use Ethernet to make your migration, you can connect two compatible computers using a single Ethernet cable plugged in between the two Macs.
- On the target Mac, open your Migration Assistant from the Utilities folder and click continue.
- When asked, enter your admin password to continue the process.
- The target Mac will ask for your migration method – select “Use Network” and continue.
- A passcode will appear on the target Mac – enter this into the field on the source Mac when prompted.
- Make sure that all applications are closed on both Macs.
- Select the items you wish to transfer when prompted to do so on your target Mac.
- After clicking “Continue” your transfer will begin. The rate and speed of the transfer will depend not only on the network strength but also on the size of the files and programs that you are transfering.
- A “migration successful” message will pop up once your migration is complete.
Finally, here’s how to transfer with Migration Assistant using TimeMachine or other external disk.
- Open Migration Assistant on your target Mac.
- Connect your external hard drive.
- When prompted, enter your admin password.
- When the target Mac asks for your preferred migration method, select “From a TimeMachine backup or other disk” and click “continue.”
- Select which disk (or TimeMachine) you want to use and continue.
- Make sure that all other applications are quit and closed on both Macs.
- On the source Mac, choose which files and applications you wish to transfer. Once you’ve selected these, click continue to start the migration.
- You will receive a “Migration sucessful” alert once the migration is complete.
Hope these tips will help in making the migration process as simple and pain-free as possible. Enjoy your new Mac!