Instructions for Transferring Files From an Old Mac Computer to a New Mac Computer

By Mario Calhoun

Transferring your important files, settings and applications is both timely and expensive if you use CD-RW discs or other types of external drives for moving information. Thankfully, new Macintosh (Mac) computers provide the Migration Assistant, a transferring application that allows you to move your old Mac's information to the new computer's hard drive. The Migration Assistant is a free application and transfers data through a FireWire cable, which is sold separately, according to the Apple web site.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X v.10.3 or later
  • FireWire cable
  • Ethernet cable

Step 1

Insert the FireWire cable into the FireWire port on your old Mac, and insert the opposite end of the cable into the new computer's FireWire port. Alternately, insert the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on both Mac computers.

Step 2

Power on both computers and click on "Go" at the top of the screen on the new Mac computer. Click "Utilities" on the sub-menu to access the Utilities folder.

Step 3

Double click on the "Migration Assistant" icon, or hold "Control" on your keyboard, select "Migration Assistant" and click on "Open" on the pop-up menu to launch the application.

Step 4

Click on the "Continue" button, and enter your system administrator password in the pop-up dialog box. Click on "OK" to proceed with the transfer setup.

Step 5

Click on the circle underneath "From Another Mac" as your transfer method and select "Continue." Launch the Migration Assistant application on the old Mac computer and click "To another Mac" if using an Ethernet cable.

Step 6

Click on the old computer's hard drive icon in the Migration Assistant window on your new Mac computer, and click the box next to the account name you wish to transfer.

Step 7

Select the checkboxes next to "Applications," "Files and Folders," "Network," "Time Zone" and "Sharing settings" to include them in the transfer process.

Step 8

Click on the "Transfer" button to begin the process, and click on "Quit" once the process is complete.