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MacBook - Loading old programs from old Harddrive... Can it be done?


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I am new to the whole DIY revolution here.
I have a macbook with an 80gb and I put a new 160gb in it when I upgraded to Leopard. I kept my old harddrive with an enclosure and haven't touched it in about a month. When I put the new 160gb in, I didn't clone the old one or anything, just installed a fresh osx.

I haven't been able to find some of my install discs for the programs on my old harddrive... so my question is: Can I install the programs on my old harddrive through an external enclosure onto my new harddrive, or do I need to start over and clone the old harddrive onto my new harddrive?

I don't have a FW enclosure, so that is why I avoided it in the first place, thinking I still had my old install discs!

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Migration Assistant in Utilities will let you do that, it will copy over everything from your old user account on that machine alongside the applications

http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/migration.html
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Migration Assistant in Utilities will let you do that, it will copy over everything from your old user account on that machine alongside the applications

http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/migration.html

Thanks! I read your linkd and it says to connect the 2 with a firewire... I don't have one... will it still work? Thanks for that.. I guess I should have just gone to the apple site first! haha.

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It can connect to an old mac via firewire, or any drive or volume connected to the mac, so a USB connected drive will work

It will ask you if the info you want is on a mac or a mounted drive, just choose the drive as the source
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Fantastic! That saves me so much time and worry! Now it will be like having a fresh new mac with my favorite programs on it. woohoo.

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