One of the biggest hassles of getting a new computer is transferring all your data from your old computer. Apple created a tool to help minimize the stress of this transfer called Migration Assistant. After your new Mac is all set up run Migration Assistant to get your data pulled over.
Here is how to transfer your content from your old Mac to your new Mac:
- Migration Assistant only runs on OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later so before you start the transfer process, run all software updates on both your old Mac and your new Mac.
- Check that your old Mac is named. Select System Preferences from the apple in the top left corner. Open sharing and check that there is a recognizable name in the Computer Name field.
Connect the Computers
- For computers running macOS Sierra or later, set the computers next to each other and connect them both to WiFi.
- Computers running anything before macOS Sierra need to be connected to the same network via WiFi or Ethernet.
- If wireless connections aren’t working, connect the two computers using a USB or Firewire cable. Find what cable you need here.
- If you are transferring data from an external hard drive, plug that in now.
Run Migration Assistant
- Under Applications go the Utilities > Migration Assistant.
- You will be asked how you want to transfer your content, select the option that matches your old device.
- Repeat the same steps on your old Mac, but select that you want to transfer content to another Mac.
- Follow the queues to finish the transfer process.
When the transfer process is done, login to your new Mac and check that all your content is there. If you run into issues or need help cleaning off your old Mac, contact us today.