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dnanian
07-25-2009, 05:17 PM
First off, congratulations on the new Mac!

In general, brand new Macs come with special builds of OSX that have support for the new hardware. Even though the version number might be the same (e.g. OS X 10.5.7), the build number is often different.

The hardware support tends to "sync up" in the next release (in the example above, 10.5.8), so Macs released before that OS release will be able to run it.

This means that, most of the time, you should not use SuperDuper! to copy from an old Macs to a brand new one.

Instead, when you first start the new Mac, you'll be asked if you want to "copy from another Mac". Point this at the old Mac, or at the backup volume created by a full "Backup - all files" of that Mac, made with Erase, then copy or Smart Update. That'll automatically bring in your applications, account information and data.

Of course, any "copy protected" or "activated" applications will likely need to be reactivated: after all, it's a new Mac. Other than that, though, you should be ready to go on the new computer.