How to Migrate Data from Old Mac system to OS X Lion
There are times when you have to shift to a new operating system version from old. It happens when there are sudden updates available or when you try to change your operating system. At that time what matters the most is your settings and data. Data can be backup on a usb or cd/dvd but what about your system settings. Your internet preferences, your bookmarks, history, and other important settings done on different applications. I usually store my password in Safari and it is becomes easier for me to login instantly. But if I shift to new version or change my operating system, it becomes a pain to keep a track of all and record them one by one. There are chances of password leak if the file is distributed wrongly from my system. Another thing I cannot rely online service to keep a track of my password like Firefox Sync. So that most you can rely on are your web browser settings.
They store website history and passwords. This are locked behind your user account and no one can access that unless you allow any to use your laptop. Now if you plan to upgrade your operating system you must know that the new upgrade might wipe out everything. There will be nothing left. At that time with easy migration steps you can get all your system preference back with some click. These tips are based on migration your system content from old to new pc. So that you does not require to being all from scratch. The tools that are used for this is Time Machine, a Clone tool like CarbonCopy or Super Duper, etc. Also if you have purchased a new Mac OS X Lion system and want your old systems preferences in this you can follow the steps mentioned in this article.
I will provide you manual methods which are done by inbuilt utilities of OS X and with third party tools. You can go for any one of those options which is easier. Below are some of the best tools that can be used for Mac system migration.
Time Machine: First, Mac system provides you a powerful backup tool called as Time Machine. This software helps you to take backup of your system. Time Machine provides you more options in comparison to regular backup software. With this tool you can plan regular, incremental or scheduled backup. You can customize the choices of backup you want. With the help of this single tool you can copy several things. This software not only restores files, but also applications. Other than this if you have a large backup you can choose the file which you would like to restore. Time Machine stores data on the basis of date and time. So the files are archived in your local system. You can copy that to any place you want. Or leave it on Time Machine to overwrite that file to get the latest data.
Carbon Copy Cloner: This is another nice tool which can use in place of Time Machine if you need some additional features. It can run an automated backup process. This is a fast and easy option for backup solution and even for migrate support. You can generate a bootable back disk from this tool. With that you can restore your entire operating system on your existing system in case of failure. You can also create a bootable volume inside your existing hard drive. It is a very light weight tool and can be used easily by anyone. It includes Time Machine feature of schedule backup.
SuperDuper: This can be choice for those who do not want to use Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner. The latest version of this tool is compatible with Mac OS X Lion. This is one of the most trusted backup tools for Mac operating system. You can run a schedule backup or simply transfer files between two operating system. It has a very simple interface to work on.
Using Migration Assistant
Mac Setup Assistance helps you to fix your Mac on first setup. Then you can use Migration Assistant later to restore your files. It is much better if you have a clone of your older system. The restoration process here becomes more faster. Anyhow if you are directly upgrading your operating system from older to new version then you have an option to keep your existing settings. You can check that and then move on. One the other hand Time Machine backups help you to restore files one by one manually. Turn on your Mac system and run Migration Assistant. This is an app. You can then choose the category of things, which you want to restore. You will need to setup that properly. Anyhow the issue that most people face is related to file permission. So if you are having multiple user accounts in your Mac try to be in the admin or the account which as full rights. Below are some tips to use the same on OS X Lion.
Using Migration Assistant on Wi-Fi Network
It is possible to migrate your system content via wifi. This is one of the best methods to get your existing files on a new mac system without need of a network configuration or cable connection. The important part here is paring the systems together so the data can be exchange. If paring fails then method cannot be used.
FireWire is a faster way when you can simply connect two mac systems and transfer files among them.
There are very rare tools which are made for Mac. But if we go for the same in Windows you can see ample of tools. The reason can be wide availability this operating system around the world. The Migration Assistant in Mac also helps you to migrate files from a Windows system. So there is no need to worry if you are going to purchase a Mac system and replacing Windows.
Using Migration Assistant on Windows
This is another nice benefit of using Migration Assistant. If you own a Windows system you can use this to transfer the files from Windows and move them in your Mac OS. Anyhow mac also supports different types of files that are used in various other operating systems. Like it is possible to transfer your Office files in Mac and use them in iWorks. The same is applicable for videos, images, contacts, etc. I will provide a short list the things that you can benefit from using Migration Assistant.
Re: How to Migrate Data from Old Mac system to OS X Lion
That was nice tips to migrate. But I had notice that if your file lacks integrity the backup usually fails. It is recommended that you must keep a regular backup and replace the existing files as and when needed. Do not rely on old backup files. Mac Migration Assistant is a nice tool which can be used to get files like photos, videos and music as per it is stored in older system.
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