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Ray Finkle
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:20 am    Post subject: Will my airport extreme remember my settings? Reply with quote

If I buy a new mac mini will my wireless settings be remembered when I plug everything in? Do I have to redo it? If so is there a file I can backup so it's quick and painless?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was under the impression that if you use Migration assistant it should be ok.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zedtvl wrote:
I was under the impression that if you use Migration assistant it should be ok.



I don't think I can. I dont' have two monitors or two keyboards and mice/ trackpads to do it. I think you have to have two fully functioning setups to use Migration assistant.


I managed to back up my itunes and iPhoto, but I am not sure how i will put them back in the new setup. I am sure I will figure that out but I am hoping for a simple solution. I looked into maybe something like finding the .plist in library and replacing the new one with my old one, but at my risk I heard. I saved a couple .plists.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you do not need two monitors or keyboards because one of your mac must be on target mode but I am not an expert...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zedtvl wrote:
I think you do not need two monitors or keyboards because one of your mac must be on target mode but I am not an expert...



So I wonder which would need the monitor the target or other.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Migration Assistant Reply with quote

Hi Ray,

I don't remember all of the details of using
Migration Assistant but I do remembering
needing two monitors and two keyboards
and two mice. I migrated through my Router
via Cat-6 cables.

It may be possible to use one of each but
to be safe it would make sense have two
of everything available even if you find
instructions on doing it without.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Migration Assistant Reply with quote

billb wrote:
Hi Ray,

I don't remember all of the details of using
Migration Assistant but I do remembering
needing two monitors and two keyboards
and two mice. I migrated through my Router
via Cat-6 cables.

It may be possible to use one of each but
to be safe it would make sense have two
of everything available even if you find
instructions on doing it without.



I think so too. I did get a lot of things backed up just incase. Not sure how well they will transfer though or how tough it will be. I am thinking of getting an adaptor and connecting one mini to my HD tv. Then using one keyboard if I can and a trackpad for one, and a mouse for the other. See if I can do that way. I may have to use wifi though. Probably take quite awhile to do it that way. I dont' know if I should just try and see if I can get everything in there just from my backup it could be a lot easier or harder. My main concern is my wifi connections I dont' remember how I managed what I did. Contacts and Calendar should all be in tact with iCloud.


It may remember my wifi settings. If I remember correctly I set up my Moms' ipad, and router here then she took her router home, and it hooked up like a champ. I am not sure if it was because I put that info in her ipad, or if it was the router that remembered.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:45 am    Post subject: Migration Reply with quote

Ray, when I did my Migration it went
very smoothly. It doesn't require much
input from you. After it had finished
it then appeared to have gone badly
and not transfer all of my info.
After restarting the new Mac a couple
of times everything appeared as it
should. Wi-Fi settings and all.

I think you can use a Firewire cable
to do the Migration. I had read all
of the methods and attaching both
Macs to the Router seemed to be the
most painless. It may not be the fastest
way but when I need to use Migration
Assistant again it'll be with my Router.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Migration Reply with quote

billb wrote:
Ray, when I did my Migration it went
very smoothly. It doesn't require much
input from you. After it had finished
it then appeared to have gone badly
and not transfer all of my info.
After restarting the new Mac a couple
of times everything appeared as it
should. Wi-Fi settings and all.

I think you can use a Firewire cable
to do the Migration. I had read all
of the methods and attaching both
Macs to the Router seemed to be the
most painless. It may not be the fastest
way but when I need to use Migration
Assistant again it'll be with my Router.



Thanks Bill for the info I will probably have to do it wifi unless I bought a real long firewire cord. Now I dont' know how in the world I am gonna get the old mini to have a clean install of Mountain Lion. I have no idea what I am doing there I don't have a backup.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok lets explain this in a little more detail...

Here is what i recommend it's very simple backup your machine using time machine and a external hard drive now so you know the mac mini will not transfer certain apps that have been purchased from the app store now make sure that time machine is backing up these folders.

1. applications

2. user folder

3. the system folder

these are key but here is where it gets nasty.


clean your computer first make sure there is no garbage you want to transfer like apps you dont use.

now backup to time machine again.

this way you have a up to date clean time machine backup

great once finished..

format and install the fresh o.s or the fresh new o.s your choice when you startup the machine for the first time after install it will ask you would you like to transfer your files from a time machine backup select yes and it will do the rest.

now a word of advice on this because several macintosh users have done this.

1. dual partition the external hard drive make sure one partition is large enough for the time machine backup the second partition you will direct copy the applications folder and the user folder to the partition this way once you have installed the new o.s you copy the folders inside the user folder into the new user folder on the new install.

then you copy the new application folder to the o.s then restart and have fun
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject: Migration Assistant with Wi-Fi Reply with quote

Ray, using Wi-Fi would make me VERY nervous.
Your not just surfing the web or downloading
a pdf file. I would strongly urge you to make
the necessary changes to use a cable of some
kind to attach your Macs.

If you Clone regularly and make a fresh/tested
Clone just before your attempt then it would
probably be ok to Migrate using Wi-FI. If
things go badly then you can just Clone back
your stable OS.

If you don't Clone then please reconsider and
use some type of cable to connect your two
Mac's.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:47 pm    Post subject: Everything Migration Assistant Reply with quote

FWIW, when I used Migration Assistant...EVERYTHING
was migrated. Paid App's, free App's even all of my
Power PC App's that aren't even compatible with the
new OS. I like that everything was migrated...everything!
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