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Hi all,

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new MacBook Pro with Lion. I have backed up my 2007 MacBook running Snow Leopard to Time Machine. The main things that I would like to restore iPhoto, iTunes and documents mail from TM to the new MBP. I figure I can install other applications (Office, iWorks) later. Does this make sense or will a complete restore from my Time Machine to my new MBP work?

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i would use Migration Assistant. How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac
Are you going to keep the 07 MBP if so keep the current TM with it and get another drive for TM on the new MBP.
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I plan on using Migration Assistant to get my iTunes, iPhoto, documents and mail from Time Machine to the new MBP. I am so gun shy from trying to restore Windows machines from backups I wonder if it is wise to do a complete migration, including 3rd party applications (MS Office) or is a partial migration a better road to go?

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Use your Time Machine backup to do the migration. The Migration Assistant can lead to problems especially when doing a selective migration. Time Machine is the best bet when setting up a new machine. It will not overwrite system files or kernel extensions so there is no worry there.

When we received our new iMac I used TM to migrate everything from an older MacBook running Snow Leopard. It was fast, smooth, no problems whatsoever.
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Thanks for this info. This sounds preferable to sliding disks all morning long! Will things like my iTunes account info, Mobile Me and user account info transfer or do I need to set those up again?
I am excited now!

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They'll all migrate over. As for iTunes; just authorize the new machine.
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WOOHOO!

The new MBP with Lion arrived and I used Time Machine to migrate everything over. With a couple tiny issues such as firewire port and an iTunes version discrepancy, the new MBP has all my stuff! Way to go Apple!

Thanks for your comments and suggestions!

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Enjoy your new MBP and visit often.
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