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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Migrating to a new Mac: Any way to just migrate SELECT programs?

Going from a 2009 to a 2013 iMac in about 2-3 weeks.

Obviously, it's good to start fresh on a new machine. However, I have a lot of programs that have a lot of deep-rooted information already attached to them that I don't want to start fresh.

Is there any software or method that when I get a new iMac that I can easily import SOME software with all its settings but ignore others?

Doesn't seem like it offhand, but the experts here would probably know.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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Couldn't you just do a restore from back up and delete what you don't want?
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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I am trying to avoid bringing over any crud from a previous desktop setup.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 01:19 AM   #4
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Couldn't you delete the crud from your old machine first?
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 04:50 AM   #5
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I had always thought it was best to start with a fresh system because restoring from an old brings over leftover deleted files and other junk that may slow down a new machine.

I am just trying to avoid that.

It sounds like I can't have my cake and eat it too. If I want to migrate only particular programs I will have to migrate everything.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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"It sounds like I can't have my cake and eat it too. If I want to migrate only particular programs I will have to migrate everything."

As useful as Apple's "Migration Assistant" is, this is a shortcoming.

MA should allow the user to either migrate all apps (default choice), or to pick and choose which apps to migrate...
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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My feelings exactly.

Is it really that bad of an idea to migrate on a new computer?

Is there a lot of gunk that can get transferred over that will slow it down?
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