Can I use the Time Capsule to move from one notebook to a new one?

I currently use a shared MacBook Pro. I'm moving soon and I plan to buy a new MBPro when I relocate. I'd like to know: if I buy Time Capsule and back up my files to it, can I then (seamlessly seems a bit too optimistic) transfer my music/photo libraries from Time Capsule to the new notebook without having to re-organize absolutely everything? If anyone can help me, I'd greatly appreciate it!

  • Asked by Clinton P from Maryfield
  • Apr 24, 2010
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    A Time Capsule can be used to do this, but there could be more than one way to do that may make sense. The Time Machine backup could be used, but if the goal is to simply move files from one system to another, then you could also use the Time Capsule as an external drive and copy the files you want to move from the old system to the Time Capsule drive and then when you have the new system you can copy them to correct location on the new system. If you copy the entire music / photo libraries completely then you should have no issues with reorganizing since all of the information will be retained when copied.

    Assuming you have not setup different locations than are used for a default installation, you would be copying the Music and Pictures directories in your home directory (should have a small house as an icon in the Finder window). Copy these directories in their entirety to the Time Capsule (assuming space is available) and then copy then back to the same locations on the new system. Do not store any new photos or music on the new system until this is completed otherwise the new files will be overwritten.

    There are other ways to do this, but this is a method I have personally used 3 times now in migrating to new systems.

    • Answered by John R from Wilmington
    • Apr 25, 2010
  • yes

    • Answered by Andrew F from Chico
    • Apr 25, 2010