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  1. #1

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    May 24, 2011
    Switching To Pro
    I bought a macbook 2 years ago to see whether I wanted to be a mac man. The answer was yes and in the next month I will buy a macbook pro! I want to take all of my programs, apps, documents, video's, music over to my new macbook pro although I do not have all of the installation discs etc. I also would like it to look the same as my macbook does with all my personal settings etc!

    I use time capsule

    Is there a way of doing this without having to re-download, buy re-installation disks and changing all the personal settings one by one on the new computer?


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    bobtomay's Avatar
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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Mac 101: Time Machine

    Scroll down to: Restoring a Time Machine backup on a new Mac

    When you buy a new Mac, you can transfer all of your applications, files, settings, and other information from a Time Machine backup you've already made.

    You will be asked if you want to transfer files when you start up your new Mac for the first time. Or, you can use the Migration Assistant (located in Applications/Utilities).
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    Member Since
    May 24, 2011
    My time machine is an eternal hard drive. Will this work just as well?

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    Oct 22, 2010
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    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Yep! it's the whole point of backing up is to keep it on an external drive incase the internal drive dies or becomes corrupt!


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    Oct 10, 2004
    3.4 Ghz i7 27 in iMac (2012), 3.4 Ghz i7 MacBook Pro (2015), iPad Pro (2014), iPhone 6+
    You could also use OSXs built in Migration Assistant App to do this.

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    Member Since
    May 24, 2011
    I was going to get one macbook pro for home and one for work. Could I do this on two separate computers? Or do will it only work on one?

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    Sep 29, 2010
    13inch 2.3 i5 MBP 64gb SSD 320gb HD 8gb 1333
    You can use it on multiple computers. But you dont want to be breaking your terms and agreements on your software by putting it on multiple machines.

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    May 24, 2011
    Of Course I would make sure that I have multiple licenses for each bit of software!

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