migrating selected data to new macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by DON2003, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. DON2003

    DON2003 Well-Known Member

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    just got myself a macbook (pre unibody) to backup my aging mac mini.

    I want to transfer (only some not all) data to the macbook and not clone the mac mini drive to make the macbook clean as possible.

    what i will be needing are:

    mails
    itune library (so I wont lose my acct & apps on my iphone)
    some apps
    keychain (but would like to check and delete all inactive)
    transmission (including pending downloads if possible)

    thats all I can think of at the moment, did I missed anything else?

    what is the easiest and proper way to do it?

    btw I created a new admin account and delete the old owner's account, what else should I do to make it clean? don't really want to do a clean install again.

    pls give some tips

    btw where can I get a cheapest AppleCare for it?

    many thanks in advance
     
  2. lovegrocery

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    in Spotlight search > Migration Assitant
    you need a Firewire cable though :)
     
  3. Mad Mac

    Mad Mac Active Member

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    I just restored my iBook Time Machine backup on a MacBook. Everything worked except Mail. It was empty. Luckily I also did a manual backup of mail and its preferences.
     
  4. loko__loko

    loko__loko Well-Known Member

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    don.. i already post the instructions at the other site... 2weeks ago
     
  5. PatrickGaerlan

    PatrickGaerlan Super Moderator
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    @DON2003, check out the Apple knowledge base article -- How to back up and restore your important Mac OS X 10.4 files. The title specifies 10.4 but it's still applicable to 10.5. It tells you exactly which files are needed to backup the following:

    Safari bookmarks
    Address Book contacts
    iCal calendars
    Keychains
    Mail preferences and messages
     
  6. Mad Mac

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    I also suggest backing up manually even if you are restoring by Time Machine. Just in case.
     
  7. lovegrocery

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    question, how about iPhone contacts, messages? :) puwede ko pa i-sync sa new computer ko yung iPhone after the migration? :)
     
  8. Mad Mac

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    iPhone data should be synced in iTunes. Time Machine cam backup and restore this. After which you can sync again with your iPhone. The iTunes versions should be the same for your files to be recognized. Safest is update your Mac before backing up. Then update it after restoration.
     
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    i just want to share what i did when i transfered from powermac g5 to intel imac,
    first i setup a mobile me account, it's free.. they wont charge your credit card until 2 months, just opt out before the free membership ends..

    My iphone, and my old g5 and my new imac was perfectly synced, email setting, keychain passwords, calendar..

    you have to manualy backup transmission files just
    make sure that your transmittions torrent files and downloaded files are on the same location (folder). so when you open the torrent on your new mac it wont have any problem looking for the current downloads..

    with itunes music i just copied the entire music library to the new mac via external HD

    good luck DON2003
     
  10. Mad Mac

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    Mobileme. Maybe that's why Mail isn't restored in Time Machine. Are they forcing us to subscribe?
     
  11. PatrickGaerlan

    PatrickGaerlan Super Moderator
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    I don't think so, I've used Time Machine to restore several Macs who's hard disks crashed, no problem restoring all Mail data and settings.
     
  12. Mad Mac

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    What went wrong with my restoration?
     

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