When the Genius at the Apple bar told me that it would be a simple process for them to migrate all the data from my old Mac PowerBook G4 to my new MacBook Pro I wondered if it really would be that simple. Nothing is ever simple.
I stopped in to the Apple store with a happy baby and two computers. I left the Apple store with a happy baby and zero computers and a promise that I would have them back in less than 48 hours. So far, so good.
Two days later I drove to the mall on a Saturday in December – not the wisest thing I have ever done but I was itching to get my hands on this new machine! I popped it open while I was there and I could see all my old documents, my iTunes library. It looked like we were in business! I left the Apple store on a Saturday in December without a headache. It took me longer to park my car than it did to take care of business. Three cheers for stellar customer service.
When I first took the new MacBook Pro out of the box it looked fancy. It looked new. After I picked it up from the Genius Bar it looked like my old G4. Sure, the screen was amazing. But the “new car smell” was gone. When my files were transferred the entire user profile from before had been moved.
I suppose for some it might be perfect that all of their old icons were there. All of the ancient file structures and junk I should have long ago deleted still in its place. But I just wanted my important files. My Itunes library. My assorted documents and the small handful of videos and photos I have not stored in the cloud. I didn’t really want to eliminate the “newness” though… what to do?
I could call and schedule another appointent with a Genius, of course. Or I could give it a go on my own. I decided to give it my best shot.
This might not be the Apple approved workaround for getting your data moved over without mirroring your old machine – but it worked. The only thing that is required is that you have enough storage on the new one for two copies of everything you moved from the old one. All I did was drag everything I wanted in to the Shared file of my old user profile and then log out. I popped over to the shiney and new user profile (the new and improved Kelly) and copied everything in to the appropriate places from the Shared file.
At this point I took a look at my memory available and could see that I was eating up an outrageous amount of space. Of course, I was! I had two copies of all of my data. With the kind of courage afforded a person that still has copies of everything on another machine entirely I deleted my old user profile off of the new machine and Voilà! I was all set!
Just as I finished patting myself on the back I figured maybe I should try and actually get some work done. I opened up WordPress so I could begin to regale you with my tale only to discover that I couldn’t make the applet work. It seems with this last fall’s round of operating system updates Apple has removed its java applet all together.
I’m not a computer whiz but I knew well enough to head over to Java and download the software and install it. Easy, right? Nope. I did that. And still, nothing was working quite right. Off to the Apple store.
“I am sure this is what everyone says when they watch you fix something in ten seconds flat, but I swear that is exactly what I did and it didn’t work.” The Genius bar employees are well known for their ability to stifle their inner eye roll. I am certain they are tempted. Nonetheless, I am always amazed when they don’t.
“Several people have come in with this same problem. I am not sure why the Java software sometimes doesn’t take. But it looks like you are all set.”
So, I am. All set. Merry early Christmas to me! Is anyone thinking about a new MacBook Pro? Have any questions? I am happy to share what I am learning.