View Full Version : HELP! OLD macbook to new IMAC painless music and photo transfer

11-10-2017, 12:47 AM
Please bear with me this is my first post!

I have been trying to find the easiest way to transfer my Photos and Music from my Macbook (thats from 2007) to my new IMac that is less than a year old. I know there are ways through icloud and stuff like that but I have about 200GB of music that i want to transfer as easy as possible.

I know i can get just a 1TB thumb drive but am trying not to have to pay to transfer.

Any help and tips are greatly appreciated.


11-10-2017, 01:01 AM
Welcome to our forums.

You can probably do it using an ethernet connection but it may be slow. New iMacs do not allow target disk mode so you can't use that method. Maybe someone has an idea of how to do it without spending money on an external hard drive or fast USB flash drive. The problem you're going to have is that your 2007 Mac only supports USB 2 while the late model iMac has USB 3 ports. Even though they're backward compatible, it will be slow.

You might be able to do it using the Migration Assistant.

11-10-2017, 07:49 AM
You might be able to do it using the Migration Assistant.

I would think this would be the best method.

And then back everything up to an external hard drive. I know you don't want to pay out, but its cost is far less than potential expensive data recovery should everything go North :-)

11-10-2017, 10:34 AM
You could get a USB 3 external enclosure, for your MBP hdd.


edit: Other than that, set it up to copy overnight.

11-10-2017, 11:28 AM
As a free solution,

Share the folders on the network. Either drag and drop the files and folders from on to another or use Rsync.