What's the best way to transfer an old 15" MacBook Pro to a new MacBook?

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  1. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Hello.

    My client will be buying a new MacBook soon (don't know which model yet)
    from his university. We are currently researching and planning ahead to
    minimize problems and prepare. I noticed there are multiple ways to
    transfer data from his old 15" MacBook Pro to the new one. What's the
    best and fastest way?

    We only need to (manually?) copy data (lots of documents,
    photographs/photos., etc.) and not the programs (better to start
    clean!). Also, will old Mac Office 2008 work in the latest Mac OS X
    version (assuming it comes with it or maybe 10.7.x) or will he need to
    buy a new one? He also uses an iPhone 4S and iPod Touch (music mostly).

    Thank you in advance. :)
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    Ant, Sep 8, 2012
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    Király Guest

    Use Setup Assistant. It will ask you when you first boot up the new Mac
    if you want to transfer data from another Mac. Answer "yes" and follow
    the on-screen instructions. It's easy, and it's smart - it knows what to
    copy and what to leave behind.

    Don't answer "later" and then attempt to use Migration Assistant after
    setting up a new working environment. That way is almost always a
    mistake.
     
    Király, Sep 8, 2012
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    Alan Baker Guest

    Migration Assistant, and there is no particular advantage to "starting
    clean" on a Mac.

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    Alan Baker, Sep 8, 2012
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  4. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Ah thanks. Is there an online guide showing how it looks and work? I was
    going to do the migration AFTER trying out the new MacBook. :( I guess
    not. I assume it can handling migration from old Mac OS X 10.5.8?
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  5. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Really? Aren't there incompatibility problems with old stuff like
    programs (still have old Palm Treo 680 softwares!) and stuff especially
    from 10.5.8 days?
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    Ant Guest

    Also, can Migration Assistant be repeated if its first attempt fails for
    whatever reasons?
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    Király Guest

    No. Like I said, Setup Assistant is smart; it knows what to copy over
    and what to leave behind. Even if it does copy something over that's
    incompatible, so what? Just delete it.

    I used Setup Assistant to copy my 10.5.8 PowerPC system to an Intel Mac
    running 10.6.5 and it was extremely easy and straightforward. Even
    command-line stuff that I didn't expect to work, did.
     
    Király, Sep 8, 2012
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  8. Ant

    Király Guest

    Yes, if Setup Assistant fails or is skipped, you can run Migration
    Assistant later. But it's far better to get it done right the first
    time.
     
    Király, Sep 8, 2012
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  9. Ant

    Király Guest

    Agree with the latter, but not the former about using Migration
    Assistant. Setup Assistant is far better. Foregoing Setup Assistant and
    attempting to use Migration Assistant later is nearly always a mistake.
     
    Király, Sep 8, 2012
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  10. Ant

    Alan Baker Guest

    Sure, there will be some things that don't work that get transferred
    over...

    ....but their presence on your new machine will do no harm.

    --
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    "If you raise the ceiling four feet, move the fireplace from that wall
    to that wall, you'll still only get the full stereophonic effect if you
    sit in the bottom of that cupboard."
     
    Alan Baker, Sep 8, 2012
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  11. Ant

    Alan Baker Guest

    I haven't found that to be the case.

    --
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    Vancouver, British Columbia
    "If you raise the ceiling four feet, move the fireplace from that wall
    to that wall, you'll still only get the full stereophonic effect if you
    sit in the bottom of that cupboard."
     
    Alan Baker, Sep 8, 2012
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  12. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Thanks.

    Also, I was hoping I could I do the migration to do it later on after I
    tried the new MacBook briefly before I dump the old stuff onto it. I
    guess not. :(
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  13. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Still annoying. Does it let you pick/select what to copy like documents,
    pictures, videos, iTunes stuff (music, iDevices, etc.) only? ;)

    Nice.
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    Ant Guest

    See, I don't want any of these old stuff there. Just data. Nothing else.
    No programs, no settings (can do it manually), etc. Just data and a
    clean start. Does it even let you pick what to copy/migrate over?
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    Király Guest

    You can if you really want to, but it is going to make a lot more work
    for you. You are going to end up with two user accounts, with some of
    your stuff in each - the one you set up on the new Mac, and the one you
    brought over from the old one. Then you will need to figure out how to
    combine the two, with all the permissions headaches that go along with
    that. It's rarely worth it.

    If you want a fresh, brand new user account to "try out the new Macbook
    briefly", I still recommend using Setup Assistant first. Then, when
    everything's moved over and done, make a new dummy user account to play
    around in, for a fresh-out-of-the-box experience. Return to your
    original account and delete the dummy one when you're ready to
    return to working with your files.
     
    Király, Sep 9, 2012
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  16. Ant

    Király Guest

    Not really. If you want to be selective about what personal data gets
    copied over, I recommend grabbing all of it with Setup Assistant, and
    then later manually deleting what you don't want. That might sound like
    more work, but it really isn't. It's less work than any alternative.
     
    Király, Sep 9, 2012
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  17. Ant

    Ant Guest

    How about in reverse? Make a brand new administrator account to be sure
    everything work. Then, do a "Set Up Assistant"(?) to migrate the old
    data over. Multiple accounts (old and new) are OK.
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    Ant Guest

    Ah bummer. Too bad it is not selective like I don't want any programs, I
    don't want old settings, etc.
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    Alan Baker Guest

    You're worrying way too much about that stuff, honestly.

    --
    Alan Baker
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    "If you raise the ceiling four feet, move the fireplace from that wall
    to that wall, you'll still only get the full stereophonic effect if you
    sit in the bottom of that cupboard."
     
    Alan Baker, Sep 9, 2012
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  20. Ant

    Alan Baker Guest

    Why does it matter? A program you're not running is just data.

    I'd rather not lose something that I might not realize I needed than
    worry about a few things coming over that I won't use.

    --
    Alan Baker
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    "If you raise the ceiling four feet, move the fireplace from that wall
    to that wall, you'll still only get the full stereophonic effect if you
    sit in the bottom of that cupboard."
     
    Alan Baker, Sep 9, 2012
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