Have you got a new Mac? Be it a new Mac Pro server or a MacBook Pro, one of important first steps will be to ensure that your existing data on the old mac get transferred to this new one smoothly. It doesn’t require a whole lot of technical manipulations, thanks to the wonderful Migration Assistant tool. In fact, it can also be claimed that moving your data even from Time Machine backup.
To get this done, you just have to connect both devices using FireWire, Ethernet, and Thunderbolt or even by placing them under the same Wi-Fi connection. The only caveat being that the connections should be steady and after ensuring this you can transfer your data to your new Mac without losing a single byte of data without any issues. Actually the same method can be used to transfer data from your old PC as well. Following are the simple steps that can be followed to transfer Old Mac data to your new MacBook Pro.
How to Migrate Data from Old Mac to Another Mac
Before beginning, ensure that the following things are in order,
Make sure that you have the software of your old Mac updated if it is still running OS X 7 or previous versions. If not get the updates done. Next you need to name your old Mac as this will make the process easier. In case you haven’t named your old Mac yet, you can do it by following this path, Open System Preferences then choosing ‘Sharing’ and enter the name of your choice in the Computer Name field.
Now you can connect both the old and new Mac to a power source so that while migrating the data both machines have enough power to run the process. Finally, keep the connectors such as your Firewire, Thunderbolt or Ethernet in hand ready before starting the transfer. If any of these cables are not present then you can go for a local Wi-Fi network.
How to Move Old Mac Data to New MacBook Pro
Step 1: Starting with your old Mac, use the FireWire, Thunderbolt or Ethernet cable to connect your old Mac and the new Mac.
Step 2: In case you are using Wi-Fi, then ensure that both the old and new Macs are connected under the same network.
Step 3: Now moving on to your new Mac, Open a Finder Window and click Applications from the sidebar.
Step 4: Find the Utilities folder and Double Click on it. Then, look for Migration Assistant and Double Click on it.
Step 5: Next, Click on Continue. Use your administrator password if asked for it and click OK.
Step 6: Click on From a Mac… when you are asked to choose in what way you would like to transfer your data. After this, click on Continue.
Step 7: Now, go to your old Mac and launch a Finder Window. Choose Applications from the sidebar. Find the Utilities folder and Double Click.
Once again look for Migration Assistant and Double Click. Then, click on Continue. Enter your administrative password if asked for it and click OK.
Then, when you are asked to choose how you wish to migrate your data click To a new Mac… and click Continue.
Step 8: Go back to your New Mac. Here, the Migration Assistant seeks the source to transfer so if you are utilizing a Time Machine backup you can either choose that backup hard drive or just select your old Mac.
Step 9: Once you click on Continue the security code should appear on screen.
Step 10: Switch back to old Mac and confirm the code on the old Mac is same as the one on your new Mac and click Continue.
Step 11: Ultimately, return to your new Mac, choose the apps, settings, files and all other data that you wish to migrate to your new mac. Then, click Continue.
The migration process will take some time so please wait for it till it gets the job done.
After the process ends, you can view all the data now present in your new Mac that has just got migrated from the old Mac. Verify it and ensure that everything is in order. That’s it, you have successfully migrated your data from your old mac to the new one.
We hope this tip helped you to transfer data from your old mac system to your new one. If you know any other ways to do the same do suggest to us. Give us your feedback on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.