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  1. virginia
    May 25, 2014

    I want to buy a Macbook Air and transfer absolutely everything from my Macbook Pro. I have a lot of information on my Family Tree maker program Can I transfer program and all to the new Mac?

    • Wayne
      May 26, 2014

      Migration Assistant should do it all automatically.

  2. Tony
    June 18, 2014

    Hi Wayne, I’ve enjoyed reading your various articles these last weeks while trying to dig myself out of problems with my mac. Thank you. I just bought a macbook pro retna 15″, and need to transfer the content off an old 17″ macbook pro, that I can no longer boot up. The screen boots up through the apple icon phase, but otherwise has a scrambled display of digital squiggles. Can and should I take it into a genius bar, and will they assist? Or can I simply buy a thunderbolt to ethernet cable and will the hard drive and desk top show up on my new retna?

    Reaching out to you because your dialogue is so user friendly and common sense based. By the way your picture of you and toddler is refreshing. Reminds me of time I got to spend with my son in the mountains of N. Carolina. Our children grow so fast, its so important to spend real and quality time every day with them. Thanks so much. Tony

    • Wayne
      June 18, 2014

      I don’t suppose you had a time machine backup? Id not.. in order of simplest options.. (1). Take to genius bar and I’d say they should assist for free seeing as you just purchased a new mac. or (2) Try to boot old mack in firewire target mode which just turns it into a big hard drive, ( press and hold down the T key while booting up old computer until the FireWire icon appears), then transfer data to new mac using thunderbolt to firewire adapter. (3) you method might work if it’s just the screen that’s faulty, but you’d need to work out how to launch the immigration assistant app on the old mac.

  3. ARCHIE
    July 10, 2014

    I backup my 2009 macbook to an Iomega drive via the firewire 400 port. I am going to buy a 2014 macbook pro 13” retina. I think apple makes a Thunderbolt to firewire 800 cable. Can I migrate old to new using a firewire 800/400 adapter or do I have to use the Thunderbolt ethernet cable?

    • Wayne
      July 11, 2014

      It’s worth a go. I can’t see why it won’t work.

  4. Tony T
    September 8, 2014

    I have just bought a new macmini I7. (awesome) Need to transfer my word and excel files . Only have USB on the Macair. What do you suggest. I have an external drive and also an HDMI to ethernet adaptor.
    Thanks

  5. Millicent
    September 27, 2014

    How do i transfer data from an old mac to a new one, when the old version’s screen is cracked and unreadable?

    • Wayne
      September 27, 2014

      Boot the old mac into firewire target disk mode, then use it like an external hard disk.
      “Start up the computer and immediately press and hold down the T key until the FireWire icon appears”

      • Wayne
        September 27, 2014

        You can also use Target disk mode with thunderbolt cable.

  6. Rick
    November 14, 2014

    Hi. Any idea why my MacBook Pro seems to revert to step 1 of the setup assistant AFTER I’ve gone through the necessary steps in migration assistant on my old MacBook and everything appears ready to sync? Thanks!

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