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Brain transfer- is Migration Assistant the best way to go?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 01, 2019 08:52AM
Best way to transfer entire system?
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Migration Assistant 4
SuperDuper! 1
other / MAVIC 1

I need to copy the entire contents of my work MBP (the one that might catch on fire) to another identical MBP which has already been fixed by Apple. A coworker did CCC, and ran into some issues with Adobe CC (probably b/c he didn't sign out), but I am wondering if Migration Assistant is better?

Regardless of the method I need it to work exactly the same on the new MBP as the old, so all the user accounts, apps, docs, prefs, server addresses etc. I am aware that I should first sign out of services like Adobe Creative Cloud, and I should deauthorize iTunes and iZotope RX. Any other gotchas?
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Re: Brain transfer- is Migration Assistant the best way to go?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 01, 2019 10:45AM
CCC from the old Mac to an external. Boot the new one off that. If all works well, CCC the external to the new MacBook

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Re: Brain transfer- is Migration Assistant the best way to go?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 01, 2019 11:01AM
If both the old and new are 2015 MBPs then they should have the removable SSD and you should be able to just move the SSD to the new machine.

Will you be getting the old one back when the repair is done, in which case you could again just move the SSD back.

You'll need some special tools to do this, a 1.2mm Pentalobe screwdriver for the case bottom screws, and a Torx-5 for the SSD screw.

Not sure how Adobe's DRM works, some DRM is tied to the machine serial number, some is tied to the drive.

In any case I would make sure you have good backups before doing anything.
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