Migrating to a new Mac: Any way to just migrate SELECT programs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by NJRonbo, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. NJRonbo
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    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.
     
  2. Apple fanboy
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    Couldn't you just do a restore from back up and delete what you don't want?
     
  3. NJRonbo
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    I am trying to avoid bringing over any crud from a previous desktop setup.
     
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    Couldn't you delete the crud from your old machine first?
     
  5. NJRonbo
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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.
     
  6. Fishrrman
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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...
     
  7. NJRonbo
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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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