|Dec 3, 2012, 10:18 AM||#1|
How to migrate files to new iMac most efficiently
I'll be getting my new 27" iMac around the 21st. So far I have been manually going through my photo, music, video, and assorted file folders, cleaning and dumping old stuff I don't need.
I want to get my remaining files onto my new iMac, but nothing else.
Can you recommend tips/apps/processes to most efficiently upgrade without tons of legacy crap coming over onto my pretty new hotness?
|Dec 3, 2012, 10:23 AM||#2|
You could use Setup / Migration Assistant to do so.
Migration Assistant / Setup Assistant information:
Setting-up a new Mac from an old one, its Backups, or a PC
|Dec 3, 2012, 10:43 AM||#5|
Migration Assistant, which appears when you first boot your new iMac is flawless and highly effective.
The only problem is, it migrates over EVERYTHING instead particulars you just want.
Unfortunately, I am in the same boat as you. I don't want all the leftover crud being imported to a new machine, but I don't think there is anything out there that will let you be selective about what comes over.
I don't fully understand the cloning programs, but it seems to me that while they may enable one to copy over select programs, it may not copy over other system files (such as preferences, settings or data) related to that program that are located elsewhere.
|Dec 3, 2012, 10:58 AM||#6|
I'm considering dumping a bunch of old stuff from my MacBook first. I have several programs that I had limited activation keys (from free giveaways) that I need to migrate or they will default back to demo mode. I want to save them, but not move a bunch of junk... Probably time to clean house!
|Dec 4, 2012, 02:54 PM||#7|
21.5" iMac 2.9GHz i5 (OS 10.8.2), Aluminum MacBook Air 2.4GHz; 16GB iPhone 5s; iPad(3) 32GB WiFi, iPad Mini, ATV2
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