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Upgrading a Mac Mini

Is there any way to transfer the entire contents of a hard drive from an older Mac Mini onto a new model?   I have quite a lot of software and some that is a real pain to re-install.  I have been using a Time Capsule to back up, would this make a difference?
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mccrickCommented:
You can launch a program in the new Mac called Migration Assistant. Connect the old Mini via Firewire in Target Disk Mode.

Connect power and a keyboard to the old Mini, (no monitor needed). Then connect a firewire cable between the old and new computer. The migration assistant will transfer data and apps. The problem if you choose to install apps is that some may be incompatible with your current machine. The consequences are that really old apps won't run at all or some apps may simply crash. In any case it usually worth a shot.

Google Target Disk Mode and or Migration Assistant for more details.
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russianryebreadCommented:
You can use Migration Assistant to move all the data and applications over to you new box.  It is fairly painless and seamless.
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russianryebreadCommented:
Sorry, mccrick!  Your note popped in after I posted mine.

As a side note, llallen, you can alternately use Ethernet to transfer your data if you don't have a firewire cable available.  It autoconfigures everything quite nicely.
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llallenAuthor Commented:
how do you use Ethernet?   I don't have a Firewire connection cable - easier to use that and not have to get someone out here to help?
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russianryebreadCommented:
As long as one of the NIC's is Gbit, you don't need a crossover cable.  You just plug the ethernet cable into both Macs, boot them both, start Migration Assistant and follow the onscreen instructions provided to you by Migration Assistant.  It walks you through the steps.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4413#2
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nxnwCommented:
You can also update your time machine (on your time capsule) backup and then use migration assistant to import your data and applications from the backup.
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llallenAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

am now needing solution to updated IOS
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nxnwCommented:
Several correct solutions have been posted to the question, including 35751143, 35751146 and35774800. It is of no consequence that the OP is no longer interested in an answer.
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mccrickCommented:
I don't understand? Do people pay for handing out points here? Or is there a limit on the number of questions you can ask? I answer questions, so I don't pay, but I have been curious about this.

If you are scrimping on points for some reason, you could throw your next question up here and see what happens. Asking a question and deleting it because you no longer need it is bad form.
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nxnwCommented:
#3. Several correct solutions have been posted to the question, including 35751143, 35751146 and 35774800
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