How to Transfer Data From Your Old MacBook to the New MacBook Pro

Upgrading to a new Mac book can be a great experience. If you just purchased the new Mac Book Pro and want to transfer data from your old Mac to the new Mac, the following steps will help you with the process. But first, let’s deal with some prerequisites:
  • ■ Ensure your old and new Macs are connected to the power source.
    ■ You would need an Ethernet, FireWire or Thunderbolt cable. Direct connection enhances a faster transfer. However, if you don't have the required cable, you can rely on local Wi-Fi network to facilitate your transfer.
    ■ You would also need to update the software of your old Mac if its running OS X 7 (Snow Leopard) or earlier.
    ■ Ensure your old Mac has a computer name. To do this, go to System Preferences > then click Sharing > and enter a name in the Computer Name field.
    ■ Connect the Ethernet, FireWire or Thunderbolt cable from your old Mac to your new Mac.
    ■ Ensure your old and new Macs are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
If you have completed the prerequisite steps above, then you are ready to transfer your old Mac's data to your new Mac.
1. Open a finder window on your new Mac and click on Applications in the sidebar.

2. Double click on the utilities folder to open, then double-click on Migration Assistant.


3. Now click on Continue.
You would need to enter your administrator password if required. Click on ‘OK’ to proceed.

4. When asked how you would like to transfer your information, select the option to transfer from a Mac.
Click ‘Continue’ to proceed.

5. Open a finder window on your old Mac.
Head to sidebar and select Applications then open the utilities folder. Double-click on Migration Assistant then click Continue to proceed. You would need to enter your administrator password if required. Click on ‘OK’ to proceed. Click To a new Mac…when you are prompted to select how you wish to transfer your information, then click Continue to proceed.

6. On your new Mac, you would find that Migration Assistant is searching for a source. Choose your old Mac. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed. You might see a security code on the screen.

7. On your old mac, confirm that the code is the same as on your new Mac.
Click ‘Continue’ to proceed.

8. Finally, On your new Mac, choose the files, apps, settings and other information you would like to transfer to your new Mac.
Click ‘Continue’ to proceed.
If you have a lot of files, the transfer might take several hours to finish.
 
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