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Is a Hard drive transfer from an old to a new Mac without problems?

Heyyy there,

My 2007 (80gb) macbook has just recently started to black-out. I've only used it (and probably the only reason I bought it) for the old GarageBand app, which I've managed to amass quite a number of tracks with. I'm told that due to costs I'd be better off buying a new one instead of fixing it. With the black-out I can't use the mac and therefore want to transfer all the information to a newer model which, when I say newer, I mean a model made 2 to 5 yrs later, so '09-'12. Again, I found I can't do that as the software is incompatible, or unsupported.

Can I just remove the Hard drive from the '07 mac and replace the HD in the other models with the '07 HD, and will it work inspite of the later models operating on slightly more updated OS versions?

Another option, I'm told, is to put the old HD into a caddy and use it as an external one. With that, as straight forward as it is still leaves me with the whole software incompatibility issue.> Is there any way of making OS X Lion Garageband work with El Capitan without having to faff about too much?

My Third question is this: My 2009 Mac (10.11), despite running Lion won't play, or fully support the Garageband app from the 2007 mac - it indicates that there are instruments missing, probably meaning it's own version of Lion is slightly more updated. Again, is there anything I can do to make the 2009 Lion Mac fully support the Lion apps from the 2007 Mac?

Warm regards,

Ell

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Despite the fact that later machines are capable of running on later Os versions consider that Lion came out only in 2011, therefore until that date all machines would be able to start off your present hard drive with Lion installed. From there on, you would be able to further update your Os until the desired Os version.

Since I'm not a musician I haven't any idea on how Garageband would update or behave or whether would make your Mac's old drive selfdestroy at sight. I hope somebody will be able to help with that, as that's beyond my knowledge.

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Heyyy there, and thanks for the response. So, as you might have already read, I did try to get the files played on the newer machine but for some reason it said they were incompatible - instruments from the old OS Lion were missing when I tried to play those files in the slightly newer version - where there were steady rhythmic beats, the newer version just replaced them with a willing ghost sound. When you check the apps library it looks like one has been burgled! I would like to find a way of getting my 2012 Pro to be able to run the old files as the second one with the slightly newer version of Lion (2009) is full of my Uni work and would rather focus on trying to get the old 2007 HDD's info/ files transferred to the 2012 one.

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The best is to use Time machine to transfer data from an old hard drive to a new one.

I would make sure you logged into the App store at least once. That way you can download the latest versions of Garage band and and iLife on a clean install.

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Heyyy there, Thanks for the response. I can already do that (TM Back-up) if I lock the Garageband files, or just transfer the data to an external HDD, but the problem I have is I'll only be able to play the files and can't edit anything with the newer machines running on the newer OS as none of the Garageband app from the old Mac is supported with El Capitan - a lot of the instruments that the old app has aren't available with the newer Garageband - downloading from the app store'll only mean getting the newer version which can't be used as far as 10.7 is concerned. Will just swapping the newer Mac's HHD with the older one containing OS Lion garageband solve this problem? Or will there be parts of the newer machine that will hold on to 10.11 information and stop 10.7 from being used fully if I do so? :/

Elle

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While you can't swap the drives within the system you can use Migration Assitant to move your stuff over either via Target Disk Mode or better yet taking the drive fully out and using this: Startech 2.5" SATA to USB adapter

Here's a good detailed YouTube: Using Apple Migration Assistant

Once you get everything moved over see if it works then. You might need to open the app up to copy over the instrument file. The only risk is your older system is 32bit and your newer one is 64bit.

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So, swapping is a no- no? Ok, moving the files, I'm sure I can do, but will they play is what bothers me. I really want to avoid having to faff about only to find it ends with the same kind of bother, you see.

Elle

@ellekoninta - What do you mean by "faff"? Sometimes you just need to jump in. The other direction is locating an exact same system and then just swapping the drive over.

I don't think thats the best solution here as you'll hit other issues as the OS you are using is no longer supported by Apple.

...just one of the issues I envisage I'll encounter. I have thought about it though, but it'd just mean me ending up with more laptops than I need - I'm on three and counting!

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