- Jan 28, 2014 Manually transfer your iTunes library to a new Mac. While you can always use Apple's Migration Assistant utility to transfer files and accounts to other computers, you might find it easier to.
- Move iTunes using Migration Assistant by Apple This method is less time consuming as compared to the first method, but you can only transfer the contents from Windows computer or macOS to a new Mac. There is no way to transfer the contents from a Mac to another Windows computer.
- I’m purchasing a 2019 MacBook Pro and would like to transfer from my 2011 MacBook Pro. I don’t want to use Migration Assistant, because I only want to transfer over the following: iTunes library, Photos library, iMovie library. What steps do I take to move those libraries from my old computer to the new one? Thanks, Mike.
- If you are migrating your media files to a new Mac or computer, you can use iMyFone TunesMate iPhone Transfer to transfer your entire iTunes library from one computer to another. TunesMate by definition is a simple iOS media transfer tool that is capable of transferring iTunes library from computer to iPhone, and vice versa.
Welcome to the fold. You're anxious to use your Mac, but you've amassed years of data on that PC. Switching platforms doesn't mean starting over: You can still use those old files. Apple makes it easy with a free utility called Migration Assistant. Here's how it works.
What is Migration Assistant and how do I get it?
Jan 09, 2017 2. Migration Assistant. Windows Migration Assistant is the program that helps you migrate your iTunes library. Download the Migration Assistant. This only works for Windows XP and further. Start the process. Once downloaded, choose the 'continue' option in the dialog box that appears. Fire up your Mac, and head to the Utilities Folder.
Migration Assistant is a utility Apple includes in the Utilities folder of every Mac. You'll see it when you first start up your Mac, when your Mac asks you if you want to transfer data over from another Mac, a Time Machine backup, or a PC. Apple makes the app freely available for download for transferring to your Mac. You'll need specific software, depending on what macOS or OS X operating system you're transferring to. You'll need to download the Migration Assistant software to your PC before you begin. Below are the following software links, depending on which Mac operating system you're migrating too.
Migration Assistant will help you transfer files from a PC running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 operating systems. The Mac and the PC both have to be running Migration Assistant.
Both should be on the same network in order to find each other. The data migration may take several hours depending on what's being transferred and what means are used: Wi-Fi is slower, a wired Ethernet connection is faster. But one way or the other, your patience will be rewarded.
What actual data gets transferred will depend on which version of Windows you're using, and what programs created your data. Bookmarks from Internet Explorer and Firefox will be brought into Safari, for example. iTunes content and image files should make it over as well. System settings will get pulled over. You'll be able to specify what other files you'd like to bring over, too.
Email, contacts, and calendar information are where it gets a bit tricky. The bottom line is that Migration Assistant will pull over your email account information, and if you're using Microsoft Outlook, it should pull over your email messages, your contacts, and your calendars. Other programs may vary. Apple has posted a detailed chart of what gets migrated over to help you understand.
What you need before you start
Before you get too excited and try to start transferring your PC's data to your new Mac, you'll need to have a couple of things at the ready.
- You must have the administrative username and password associated with the PC.
- Both computers must be on the same network, either through Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
- You should perform a drive performance check before running Migration Assistant or you may not be able to properly use the software.
- Click on Start on your PC.
- Click on Run.
- type cmd into the Run window.
- Press Enter.
- type chkdsk into the Command window.
- Press Enter.
If your drive performance check uncovers issues, you'll need to run a drive repair process.
- Type chkdsk drive: /F (Change the name 'drive' to whatever the name of your Windows startup disk is) into the Command window.
- Press Enter.
- Press Y when prompted.
- Restart your PC.
You will need to repeat the steps above until the drive performance check returns without any issues. You can then use Migration Assistant to move your data to your Mac.
How to migrate your data from your PC to your Mac
First, connect your Mac to your PC either through Ethernet or by making sure both computers are on the same local Wi-Fi network.
On your new Mac:
- Launch a Finder window.
- Click on Applications in the sidebar.
- Double-click or control-click on the Utilities folder.
- Click on Migration Assistant.
- Click Continue.
- Click From a PC. when prompted to select how you want to transfer your information.
On your PC:
- Make sure you've downloaded and installed Migration Assistant on your PC.
Launch Migration Assistant on your PC.
- Launching Migration Assistant on the PC is a one-way trip: It's only designed to transfer data from your PC to a new Mac. After launching it, Migration Assistant for Windows will try to connect to its Mac counterpart. A security code will display on the screen.
Confirm that the code on your PC is the same on your Mac.
- Select the files, folders, and settings you want to transfer from your PC to your Mac.
There are other ways to move files between Macs and PCs. Thumb drives will work on both machines, so you can manually transfer whatever files you want to use, for example. But Migration Assistant provides an elegant, convenient and absolutely free way of managing the transition to becoming a Mac user, as long as you have the time to use it.
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Put them in the comments and I'll help you out.
Updated September 2019: Updaated for macOS Catalina.
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Mac won't let you store new contents when it is running out of storage space. A full hard disk attributes to the multifarious data types you stored. So it is time to set about dealing with the problem and freeing up your Mac. There are many options you can use to do this. But now, we'll concentrate on the way to move iTunes Library to other locations.
iTunes Library stores many different kinds of media files such as songs, music videos, movies or other items you added to iTunes. Those contents can eat up a large number of storage space on your Mac. You can move your iTunes Library from your old Mac to a new computer or an external hard drive. This post will share the two easy ways: Migration Assistant and iTunes Library transfer tool.
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Method 1: Move Your iTunes Library to A New Computer with Migration Assistant
On a Mac, the feasible way to transfer an iTunes library to a new computer is using the Migration Assistant tool, which allows users to copy different contents such as documents, apps, user accounts and so on easily. It transfers most of the contents very well and will save your time a lot.
Before you can start with the process, you need to:
1. The Mac you want to copy iTunes Library from (the source Mac) should be in OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later. But you are advised to update both of your computers to the latest OS version.
2. The source Mac should have a name and you can go to 'Apple menu > System Preferences > Sharing' to check or name it from the Computer Name field.
Name your old Mac
3. Make sure both of your computer are connected to a power source.
Now, you can follow the steps below to move your iTunes Library to another Mac.
Step 1: Connect both of your computers to the same local Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: On the Mac you're copying iTunes Library to (the destination Mac), open Finder and go to 'Applications > Utilities folder > Migration Assistant' and click 'Continue'. Then choose 'From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk' option on the interface. Click on the 'Continue' icon to move on.
Choose 'From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk' option
Step 3: On a Mac you want to copy iTunes Library from (the source Mac), go to 'Applications > Utilities folder > Migration Assistant'. Now, we need to choose 'To another Mac' and click on the 'Continue' button.
Step 4: Go back to the destination Mac, you need to select the source Mac (with a name). Click on the 'Continue' button and you will see security code on the interface.
You will see security code on the interface
Itunes Library Location
Step 5: Swift to the source Mac and confirm the code, which should be the same as the one on your destination Mac. Then click 'Continue'.
Step 6: Now go back to the destination Mac and select the music files you want to transfer. The process may take a while. Please wait patiently.
Method 2: Move iTunes Library to Other Location (External Hard Drive)
The other way you can free up your Mac is to move your iTunes Library to an external hard drive. Now, let's see how to do below:
1. Purchase an external hard drive. If you already have one, it would be great!
2. Plug your exteranl hard drive to Your Mac and get it detected.
3. From the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen,choose 'Go > Home > Music > iTunes' in the Finder menu to find out the Mac iTunes Library location.
4. Go to 'iTunes > Preferences > Advanced' and check in the boxes next to 'Keep iTunes Media folder organized' and'Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library'.
5. Then launch iTunes. Go to 'File > Library > Organize Library' and choose 'Consolidate files'.
6. Now quite iTunes and you can move your iTunes Library to external hard drive.
You can also head to this guide to see more details: How Do I Move My iTunes Library to Another Hard Drive?
Transfer iTunes Library to exteranl drive
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