Migrating data from a backup

Follow these steps to transfer user these steps to transfer user files and other data from a backup stored on a hard drive, Time Capsule or OS X Server. Only Time Machine backups are supported. Not sure if this is the right method for you? See Using Migration Assistant.

  1. Perform a Time Machine backup of the source (old) Mac (see instructions). If possible, back up just before migrating. Then disconnect the backup from the source Mac.
  2. Power up the destination (new) Mac.
  3. If the computer has never been used, click Transfer now and skip to step 6.
  4. Click the Launchpad and open Migration Assistant. Or click the Finder (desktop), then the Go menu at the top of the screen, choose Utilities and open Migration Assistant.
  5. Click Continue and type an administrator user name and password to quit all other apps and log out the current user.
  6. If the backup is on a hard drive, attach it with a Thunderbolt or USB cable. 
  7. If the backup is on a Time Capsule or OS X Server, connect with an Ethernet cable if possible. Ethernet is often 6 times faster than wi-fi.
  8. Select From a Mac, Time Machine backup or other disk and click continue.
  9. You may need to log in to a Time Capsule or server. Type the user’s name and password.
  10. Select the source Mac and click Continue. Source Mac not shown? Click Quit, disconnect from the backup, reconnect, then restart the migration.
  11. Select the data to migrate and complete the transfer.
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