Mac Migration

How to Migrate Your Files & Settings From an Old Mac to a New Mac


When buying a new Mac, there’s a lot of excitement. The newer Macs are much slimmer and have more horsepower than the previous generations of Macs. Some users have a lot of stored information from their older Macs, and therefore, wish to migrate their settings on their brand-new Mac. There are many ways to do this, and in this article, we will show you how.

Time Machine Setting

One of the alternatives for migrating data from a previous generation/s Mac to a newer model is to use Time Machine. This feature can basically recover the settings of an old Mac to the new one. The settings that will be recovered will include network configurations and system preferences. The advantage to Time Machine is that it will migrate everything including, system preferences, user account data, networking settings and applications. However, you can also migrate individual features within your Mac.


Fresh Install

We all know that over a period a variety of different settings, files, applications and videos become too heavy on the hard drive. If you think that there is a lot junk that needs to be gotten rid of, then simply don’t migrate them to your new Mac. Some of these data and applications may corrupt your Mac and cause performing issues. Most professional always recommend performing a fresh install with new systems. The most important settings to change is your online accounts such as; iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox. The next set of settings you can change are external hardware such as; trackpads, mice, keyboards and speakers.

Migration Assistant

The Migration Assistant is a feature that will enable you to migrate all your files into your new Mac easily. The easiest way to start Migration Assistant is by being connected to a Wi-Fi internet connection. You will need to connect both Macs to the internet to continue with the migration. We will highlight the instructions in green for the new mac, and red for the old mac.

1) On your new Mac, you will need to open the Migration Assistant option which is in the utilities folder of your Launchpad or applications folder.

2) Click Continue.

3) Migration Assistant will now ask you how you wish to transfer your data. Select the first option which is ‘from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or start-up disk’.

4) Again, click continue.

5) Now move to your old Mac, and navigate to Migration Assistant.

6) Click Continue.

7) Migration Assistant will again ask you how you wish to transfer your data, select ‘transfer to another mac’.

8) Back on your new Mac, you will be asked to select a Mac, Time Machine backup or any other start-up disks. You must click on the suitable icon.

9) Click on continue, and then you may see a security code.

10) On your old Mac, you may also see a security code, you need to make sure that it is the same code displayed as on your New Mac.

11) Click continue.

12) On your new Mac, you must select the data you wish to transfer and then click on continue to begin with the transfer. The larger the data, the more time it would take. If you are transferring everything then it will take hours.

In conclusion, performing a fresh install gives you the best performance from the start. It’ll allow you to alter new configurations specifically for your new Mac. If you are using any of the recovery options mentioned above, make sure you do a little clean up before finishing the setup of your new Mac. Deleting outdated and unnecessary applications will ensure better performance from your Mac as well as saving a lot of storage. Also download an anti-malware software to check for any corrupted or infected files.

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