This is pretty much how my entire weekend has been. I thought switching from my MacBook Pro to a new MacBook Pro would be much easier than converting from a PC to Macbook Pro 5 years ago.
WRONG. So utterly wrong.
First mistake: Transferring files from Time Machine. I backed up everything to my external drive on Time Machine at noon Saturday. I should have had all my files there to transfer over. It took about an hour. But guess what? Some files didn’t transfer. Not new ones. But old ones. Scratching my head here.
I do not have time to do a file comparison of both laptops and determine what did and didn’t transfer over.
So I call Apple Tech support.
They advise me to set up a new profile and transfer from Mac to Mac.
They ask if I have a fire wire. NO um and if I should have one shouldn’t you have included one or added one on when I made my online purchase?!
Mistake #2: Trying to use wifi to transfer files. At first the computers wouldn’t talk. Then they start talking and tell me it will take 72 hours. 72 hours where I can’t use either computer. It drop to 40 but remains there for 9 hours.
Mistake #3: I attempt to buy a fire wire. I bring a photo of my old laptop fire wire slots and I bring the new laptop manual and I know its an 800 port. Great. Except Wallmart (which sells fire wires online) has none in the store. Despite selling laptops there. Then I go to Radioshack and they tell me the fire wires are sold based on pins (4, 6, or 9) and come in combos of 4 to 4, 6 to 6, 9 to 9, 4 to 6, 4 to 9, 6 to 9. They each sell for $35. I have no idea what an 800 port translates to in a pin system. Nor do they. Great.
Mistake #4: I start to add my pictures over and realize that won’t work because they are under the profile I will have to delete because that profile is an incomplete version of my files.
A third call to Apple Support gets me the translation of an 800 port being a 9 pin fire wire. They also look up what fire wire my old laptop takes. Turns out it’s also 9 pin.
So 24 hours into the setup process and nothing has been accomplished. Actually worse than nothing because I have to reset up everything. Beyond back to square one. I think I’m at square negative 10.
My dad picked up the fire wire Sunday afternoon, but hello Mother’s Day so I couldn’t work on this stupid crap. So now my laptop movement is put off until Monday when I have meetings. So Tuesday–nope plans. Maybe Wednesday. So beyond frustrating. Thank goodness I only do this once every 5 years. Otherwise, I would lose my freaking mind.