How To Backup Mac Onto My Passport For Mac

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Migration Assistant copies all of your files from your old Mac to your new Mac so that you don't have to copy them manually.

  • If your files are currently on a PC, follow the PC migration steps instead.
  • If you're moving content from a Time Machine backup, follow the steps to restore your Mac from a backup instead.

Install the WD Backup software by following the instructions on the screen. Once the software installation process is complete, click on the Finish button. Open the software and select your WD My Passport drive. Click the Customize My Backup option and select Create.

Get ready

  1. Install all available software updates on both computers. If your old Mac isn't using OS X Lion or later, and your new Mac isn't using OS X Mavericks or later, follow the Mountain Lion migration steps instead.
  2. If both computers are using macOS Sierra or later, place them near each other with Wi-Fi turned on. If either one is using OS X El Capitan or earlier, make sure that both are on the same network.
  3. On your old Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Sharing. Make sure that a name appears in the Computer Name field.
  1. Bought a My Passport for Mac 500gb external hd for a new MacBook Pro purchased 2 days ago to transfer everything over. Did the back up onto My Passport (took forever but finally got there) and then did the transfer to new MacBook. Everything went smoothly, until I checked Entourage and it was a complete blank slate.
  2. With a compact design, high capacity, and your choice of local or cloud backup, My Passport Ultra for Mac fits perfectly into the busy life of anyone with an on-the-go digital life. Password Protection with Hardware Encryption — The My Passport Ultra for Mac drive’s built-in 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security™ software helps.
  3. WD - My Passport Portable hard drive External HDD Manual Set Up Guide for MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air. Use with Time Machine, Partitio.
  4. How can I move files from my PC to my Mac with WD My Passport and then use the HD as an external backup? I have about 1.5 TB of files on the PC and I would like to access them on my MacBook Air but keep them stored on the hard drive. I would then like to use the hard drive as an external backup device and a new place to store my music and films.

Use Migration Assistant

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You're now ready to use Migration Assistant to move your files from the old Mac to the new one.

On your new Mac

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  1. Open Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then click Continue.
  2. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk. Then click Continue.

On your old Mac

  1. Open Migration Assistant, then click Continue.
  2. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer to another Mac. Then click Continue.

On your new Mac

When asked to select a Mac, Time Machine backup, or other startup disk, select the other Mac. Then click Continue.

On your old Mac

If you see a security code, make sure that it's the same code shown on your new Mac. Then click Continue.

On your new Mac

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  1. Select the information to transfer.
    In this example, John Appleseed is a macOS user account. If it has the same name as an account already on your new Mac, you're prompted to either rename the old account or replace the one on your new Mac. If you rename, the old account will appear as a separate user on your new Mac, with a separate home folder and login. If you replace, the old account will delete and then replace the account on your new Mac, including everything in its home folder.
  2. Click Continue to start the transfer. Large transfers might need several hours to complete.
  3. After Migration Assistant is done, log in to the migrated account on your new Mac to see its files.

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