moving to new laptop

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27 Jan, 2023 06:57 PM

i have three computers with monedyance on it (vs 2022.5 (4091))- all three are synced through dropbox (and i keep Dropbox files on my computer as well as in the cloud - just like that redundancy) and work great - two are iMacs and one is older MacBook Pro - just received a new high powered MacBook and getting ready to migrate - quick question - apple has all of these new tools to make it easy to migrate from one laptop to another - just like iPhone transfer - just sit them side by side and moves everything over - re moneydance - would it be best to just let it go through full transfer or would it be more foolproof to remove from old one completely and then when new computer is up install a fresh copy of moneydance and then sync it to the others ? in the past i have paid the price for not planning this type of thing out ahead re moneydance so i thought i would do a quick check in here - thanking you in advance

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 27 Jan, 2023 09:15 PM

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    I do not know if you are going to get a definitive answer to this question or just people's own personal preferences.

    I'm generally a supporter of performing clean installs, if the machine you are replacing is a secondary machine as far as syncing is concerned then a fresh install is simple enough, if it is the primary it would warrant extra consideration.

  2. 2 Posted by v3hanson on 27 Jan, 2023 11:27 PM

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    thanks - i will do a clean install since it is secondary - i will remove it first before doing the transfer - you have always been a help before

  3. 3 Posted by dtd on 28 Jan, 2023 12:27 AM

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    just a user - going through the exact same thing with my wife's new Mac M2 computer!

    I'm sure it has improved over the years, but when I moved her from a Macbook Air to her "current, about to be replaced" Macbook Pro (2015) - it was a mess, as the computers were different - preference issues that didn't match, and so on. Some issues are prevalent to today (her itunes refuses to play more than one album at a time, then stops - I have never been able to figure that out).

    As for Moneydance - it's not even located in the "normal" area that Apple recognizes, I'm willing to bet even using the migration concept - it would not be included. I do not know that, but suspect it.

    And here we are again - she has a brand spanking new computer - and I'm saying - give me 3 days to move everything by hand - I'm making a "SuperDuper! bootable backup" to just make sure I have everything from her old computer, but I'm reinstalling everything by hand - if anything - I get to look up all the old software codes and enter them into BitWarden for long term keeping.

    Almost irrelevant to your post other than concurrent commiseration - I'm doing this (day 1) as we speak - the new mac arrived yesterday. Having a foot of snow dumping on us today makes this easier to pursue - sort of locked into our home for a few days.

  4. 4 Posted by dtd on 28 Jan, 2023 12:30 AM

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    And yes - her MD is secondary - which makes things easier, as I can just reinstall Moneydance and restart a new sync. (Or yes, copy the file over so it isn't a total resync), but both choices are valid.

  5. 5 Posted by dtd on 28 Jan, 2023 12:33 AM

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    I think my major concern is the state change (again) - I've already seen some caveats from Apple (Google it) about moving from an older Macbook Pro to the newer M1/M2 Macbook Pros. They don't seem to have the Migration bit totally thought out between the different processors.

    And my spouse would kill me if I do the Macbook Air 2011 ---> Macbook Pro 2015 issues again in a new sense.

  6. 6 Posted by v3hanson on 28 Jan, 2023 02:58 AM

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    i have been down that road the last time i changed computers - i am really expecting this to be easy - just want to back up my main computer moneydance files before proceeding

  7. 7 Posted by dtd on 28 Jan, 2023 04:44 AM

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    I expect it will be easy - 7 years allows them to perfect it. But I do suggest you google "moving from old macbook pro to m1/m2 macbook pro" just to see the caveats.

    And what you suggest is true - I'm backing up her complete system with SuperDuper to insure it goes well (which of course includes moneydance)

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