Importing from old Macbook?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    My retina macbook pro is probably going to be exchanged tomorrow.

    There is a graphics issue under Mountain Lion that causes it to boot
    up to a blank screen. There are a few owners having the same problem.
    It sounds like a firmware issue, but I am not waiting for Apple to address it.

    I backed up my current MBR so I can import it to my new MBR when
    I first boot up.

    The problem is, the backup drive is USB and I am not certain if the
    import function will allow me to use USB or not. I seem to remember
    it required a Firewire connection.....but I am not completely certain.

    Anyone have an answer on how this will work?

    Thanks
     
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    If you're referring to using a backup disk as the input to Migration Assistant, there's no indication that Migration Assistant cares whether the disk is connected via Thunderbolt, Firewire, or USB.
    For a direct Mac-to-Mac networking or Target Disk Mode connection, the options are Firewire, Thunderbolt, WiFi, and Ethernet (no USB).
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4889
     
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    Migration Assistant works fine off a USB drive. I've used it this year with Lion pulling from a SuperDuper backup on a USB2 drive.

    And if you have any concerns, you can do a trial run of MA. Run it and confirm that it sees your backup drive. :)
     
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    Excellent. Thanks, Dave
     

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