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MacBook Pro advice please.

I have just bought a new MacBook Pro - 15" Retina with 512 gb flash drive - love it.

I am a bit thick though I want to transfer both my iPhoto and iTunes stuff from my previous Mac.

Can someone tell me in simple terms what I have to do - I assume transfer the libraries but I have no idea where to start.
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Have you got an external drive Paul? If so then:
1) copy your iPhoto and iTunes libraries to it from your old computer
2) connect it to your nice new computer (not that I'm jealous)
3) copy the libraries onto the new computer.

Alternatively you could burn them to DVD but if your libraries are anything like mine...

There are plenty of guides out there on t'web.
 
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Have you got an external drive Paul? If so then:
1) copy your iPhoto and iTunes libraries to it from your old computer
2) connect it to your nice new computer (not that I'm jealous)
3) copy the libraries onto the new computer.

Alternatively you could burn them to DVD but if your libraries are anything like mine...

There are plenty of guides out there on t'web.
Yep - I've got copies on an external - I use Carbon Copy Cloner.

What I don't understand is that I want just to open iTunes and iPhoto in the new Mac and carry on as before.

So, I guess, my question is where do I place the copied libraries to ensure they are used as default rather than the ones that came with the new computer - or am I over analysing this?

Sorry I understand the theory but lack the knowledge of how to do it. I have, of course Googled, and also used the Apple community website but both assume basic knowledge about libraries I simply do not have.

OK - basic point - I can see my old iPhoto library and can move it - so where do I drop it into the new computer to ensure it will be default?

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Can you not put the old mac in firewire mode (if it still exists) and use the transfer wizard?

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4413

This does it all for you.

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Can you not put the old mac in firewire mode (if it still exists) and use the transfer wizard?

Mac OS X v10.6: How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac

This does it all for you.

Yep I know what you mean - but, guess what, I now need a firewire to thunderbolt connector - Thunderbolt being the new latest connector and the new Mac does not have firewire and the shop did not have the converter in stock!!!

Grrrrrrrrrr. (Still a magnificent computer though).
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Why not take advantage of Apple's excellent free telephone advice?
You should have 90 days free support. I've always found them very expert and helpful.
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OK - basic point - I can see my old iPhoto library and can move it - so where do I drop it into the new computer to ensure it will be default?
Although I have the latest Lion update, I'm using an old version of iPhoto, so this maybe wrong..........but....I think it should work

First, re-name old photo library "Old iPhoto Library" to avoid confusion, then copy your new iPhoto library into the "pictures" folder.
Open iPhoto whilst holding down the 'alt' key, this will bring up a dialogue box with 3 options:

'quit'
'create Library'
'choose Library'

click on 'choose Library' , a window will then open showing available libraries in your "pictures" folder, select the 'new' library and you should be good to go!
The chosen library will then be the 'default'.

(You can have multiple libraries and switch between them using the 'alt' key when opening iPhoto.)


For iTunes, open iTunes go to preferences/advanced and you can specify the location of the 'media folder' to the one you have copied from your previous Mac.
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Thanks Chris that will work - great that you took the time to tell me.

However, by just playing I found an easier way.

Old computer - Finder- pictures - iPhoto - download the folder to external hard drive.

External hard drive to new computer - open Pictures - trash the iPhoto folder and drag iPhoto folder from the external. It works - all albums downloaded.

Did the same thing with iTunes music folder - it works - whoohooo!!

But seriously thanks for your input - I would have followed it if my "old" computer had been older than it was.

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Thanks Chris that will work - great that you took the time to tell me.

However, by just playing I found an easier way.

Old computer - Finder- pictures - iPhoto - download the folder to external hard drive.

External hard drive to new computer - open Pictures - trash the iPhoto folder and drag iPhoto folder from the external. It works - all albums downloaded.

Did the same thing with iTunes music folder - it works - whoohooo!!

But seriously thanks for your input - I would have followed it if my "old" computer had been older than it was.


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Sorry - forgot to thank CobolMan too - as I did, in the end, do exactly what he said. (I was too thick to know where the libraries were though so had to "play" for a while till I found them) - I know, I know - old men are so sad.

I do admit though that I couldn't work out the email - set up OK but couldn't work out how to transfer the various mailboxes. So we went to the Apple store in Norwich today (the joy of partial retirement) to a pre-booked Genius bar appointment - sorted in 2 mins (they've changed the folder names in Lion).

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Oooh, much jealousy from me!
I bought the very first mbp and its still rocking on after nearly 9 years!
carbon copy cloner is great, isnt it?
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9 years? - I am not surprised my son-in-law has a 7 year old one that he still uses professionally - he is a photographer (he has an iMac as well).

CCC is brilliant - your whole computer on a bootable hard drive - it has saved me a few times - so much so that I have donated more than once.
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God to hear you're all sorted Paul. I've got an 8 year old iMac (the lampshade one) which is still in working order.
Have you turned on Time Machine yet? That's a very clever bit of software.
 
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I've never used time machine (previous Macbook Pro) - I'll fire it up shortly and have a play.
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It's not bad, I've got a tweak that changed it to a 3 hr (or any time you want) schedule instead of 1hrly.
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