moving from an old mac to a new one

Dell / Inspiron 17r
July 16, 2017 at 13:33:36
Specs: Win10 64bit (for now), Intel i7 3630QM
Bearing in mind that I am a total Mac newbie, please be gentle with me...

Anyway, I have had an old MacBook (2008) I bought from a school which had a lot of preinstalled software on it that I have barely used (primarily Adobe CS5). Having got fed up with Win10 I have now got a more recent (2015) MacBook and I would like to transfer as much as possible from the old to the new. Already had an adobe account and it accepted me as a registered user on the old machine. Is there a foolproof way of achieving this? I already have Time Machine set up on the old one, and it will be discarded after I'm done with it.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#1
July 16, 2017 at 14:36:13
Perhaps start here: and have a good read...l

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT2...

And this a similar item worth to read:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/ma...

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July 16, 2017 at 21:26:38
Many thanks, I'll try the Time Machine method. It doesn't mention whether I need to have the same OS on both (the old mac won't accept the latest OS), and do you happen to know if this is a total bit-by-bit replacement or will I end up having a copy of the old machine alongside on the new one?.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#3
July 17, 2017 at 13:21:31
As best I understand, a Timemachine retore can be either those bits (files etc.(for which you opt); or cana compltete restore the complete backup. My presumtio is that a full restore will replace what's already there?

You might get a clarification via a local Apple store techie, or a phone call to Apple support, or even an email, or post a query on their support forum.

If you do get clarication please post back with the answers. Useful to have such info for future reference.


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#4
July 17, 2017 at 23:22:54
I shall give the full back-up a go and let you know the results. Won't be for a week or so as my son is leaving his 'old' Air for me when he goes abroad so will be a clean slate to start on.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#5
August 20, 2017 at 08:45:17
Just to round things up, finally got the new Macbook Air from my son. Turned it on, it asked if I wanted to migrate from another machine, plugged in the Time Machine disk and everything went completely smoothly. All applications, data, settings transferred over. Had to add an older version of Java for Adobe CS to work and a couple of passwords needed updating, that was the biggest hassle so, all in all a great success.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#6
August 20, 2017 at 11:31:04
Thank you for the update. Good to hear it all worked fine.

Enjoy


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