New iMac-Old Backup

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  1. WellSpentYouth

    WellSpentYouth Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys/gals!

    I'm going to make this simple and to the point. I ordered an iMac Wednesday and it is still on its way. I have a MacBook aluminum and an external hard drive onto which I backup my MacBook. Now, the MacBook has iLife '08 and the iMac has iLife '11. I was going to restore the iMac to the latest backup of my MacBook, but then I would lose iLife '11.

    Is there a way to get my MacBook file, folders, programs, settings, etc. onto my iMac WITHOUT kicking out iLife '11 or any other new, cool stuff that it might have pre-installed? Or am I totally shooting from the wrong angle, is there another way that I could/should be transferring over the files? My iMac has a firewire port, but the MacBook does NOT.

    Thanks, I appreciate your help :)

    -Robert
     
  2. dyscode

    dyscode Well-Known Member

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    Why would you do that?

    The only important things on the MacBook are your personal data and Documents.

    I´d just copy them and install all the other apps manually on the iMac.

    It´s safer this way. And maybe because of different kernels (video, I/O etc.) the MacBook backup might not even work on the iMac.

    But you SHOULD get some installer DVDs with you iMac anyway.
     
  3. WellSpentYouth

    WellSpentYouth Well-Known Member

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    This is the first time that I have needed to transfer all my stuff from an old mac to a new mac.

    So how would you suggest copying them over? Connecting the external HD and manually dragging folders over? There has to be a better way...

    Ok, I was suspicious about that.

    I sure hope it comes with restore discs, I may need them ;)

    -Robert

     
  4. Cilo

    Cilo Well-Known Member

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    Call Apple support they can walk you through this for free, and I'm sure you can do the transfer over bluetooth through comp share. My old roommate and I used to swap iTunes libraries this way.
     
  5. WellSpentYouth

    WellSpentYouth Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, calling Apple is probably my best bet. Swapping iTunes libraries would be fine over bluetooth, but 120gb of stuff would probably take quite awhile :)

    Thanks guys!
     
  6. d1

    d1 Well-Known Member

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    Have you thought about using Time Machine?
     

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