How to transfer backups from Time Machine to a new Mac

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Mike Vogel is curious about configuring a new Mac with multiple transferred accounts. He writes:

My wife and I currently have our own MacBook Pros. As we are transitioning to iPads we are going to replace our oldest laptop with a new iMac. So for the first time I need to set up a Mac with multiple user logins. Both laptops currently run Snow Leopard. Is it possible to set up my profile by restoring from my Time Machine backup, and then my wife’s profile by restoring from her Time Machine backup? Or will I have to use Migration Assistant and manually port over data?

In order, the answer to your three questions are Yes, Yes, and Yes/No. Now to lend clarity to these somewhat unclear answers.

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Keep snooping relatives out of your stuff

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous (you’ll see why shortly) is concerned about his curious kin. He writes:

Over the upcoming holidays, members of my extended family will be sharing my Mac to check their email and surf the web. I have some files that I’d like to keep hidden from them. I’m particularly concerned that some of these files will appear in Spotlight. Is there any way to hide them?

I can recommend a few options.

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How to apply Finder Tags to applications

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Twitter follower Ben Collins (@shaolin108) has a question about Mavericks’ Finder Tags. He tweets:

Can you add Finder Tags to Mac App Store purchases in Mavericks? I’m making app categories (photos, utils, etc) and can’t get it working.
Change "everyone's" permissions to "Read & Write."
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How to downgrade your AirPort device's firmware

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Glen Green had some difficulty with a solution I recently offered. He writes:

In your recent article “Troubleshooting a ‘Busy’ Time Machine Backup” you discussed upgrading an AirPort Time Capsule’s firmware. I decided to follow these instructions and discovered that my Time Capsule was running firmware version 7.5.2 so promptly updated. Now the front light just keeps flashing yellow and in the Airport Utility under Status, it says “No DNS Servers.” What do I do now?

The first thing to try is resetting your network. To do that you’d follow the steps I outlined in that article. First, power down your broadband modem as well as the Time Capsule. Then plug in the modem until all the correct lights appear. And finally plug in the Time Capsule. When it fully boots it should get the proper information from the modem.

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Bugs & Fixes: Dealing with iPhone flash, low-quality Netflix, and Outlook junk issues

Ted Landau Senior Contributor, Macworld

For today’s Bugs & Fixes, I offer potential remedies to a trio of unrelated problems, each one too minor to justify an entire column to itself.

Preventing washed-out iPhone flash photos

Ever since getting my iPhone 5s, I’ve been having trouble with flash photos. Especially in very low-light situations, the result was often a washed-out picture, as you might get if the flash level was set far too bright. As there is no way to manually adjust the flash level, I was unsure how to deal with this.

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Cures for a panicking mid-2010 MacBook Pro

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Ted Gresham’s older MacBook Pro is misbehaving. He writes:

I have a 2010 15-inch MacBook Pro. I pulled out the DVD drive that I never used and installed an SSD drive. Lately, the MacBook has been crashing—displaying a black screen and then a message that I have to restart. Did installing the SSD drive break my Mac?

No. I’ve seen reports of this happening with this particular model—with and without an SSD installed. The consensus is that the computer’s NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics card is to blame. This MacBook has the ability to switch from high-performance graphics to on-board graphics and switching from one to the other can cause these black screens and kernel panics.

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Troubleshooting a 'busy' Time Machine backup

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Ernest Wilson is in earnest when he says he’s having problems with Time Machine. He writes:

My Time Machine backup has stopped working and I don’t know why. I see a message about a “sparse bundle” being in use. How do I fix my problem?

This is most often associated with a confused AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule (more often with a Time Capsule that’s used to back up more than one Mac). The first thing I’d do is launch AirPort Utility (found in /Applications/Utilities), select your base station or Time Capsule in the resulting window, and click on it. In the small window that pops up take a peek at the version number. If it’s not 7.6.4 you should update it. Among the changes wrought by this update is: “Resolve(s) an issue that may cause AirPort Time Capsule to report that the backup disk is in use.”

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