George V. Reilly

Migrating to a New Mac

I got a new MacBook Pro on Monday: a 13" Retina with 16GB RAM and 500GB SSD, which doubles both the RAM and the disk capacity of its late-2013 pre­de­ces­sor. 8GB wasn’t really enough for software de­vel­op­ment. By the time you run Chrome and PyCharm and Docker, you don’t have much RAM left. And I was constantly having to run Grand Per­spec­tive to clean up disk space.

For the first time, I used the Migration Assistant and a Thun­der­bolt cable to transfer settings from the old laptop to the new. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. In one hour, the new machine had all the files and just about all the settings. I did have to swap the Cmd and Option keys on my external keyboard and re­con­fig­ure the Display settings for the external monitor, but that’s about it. I also had to update to OS X 10.11.4, which I had previously done on the old laptop.

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