About to sell one mac, bought a new one...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chappy87, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. chappy87 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Location:
    Southampton, UK
    #1
    Hey guys, just after a little advice from both the point of view of the iMac I'm selling, and the Unibody MacBook I just bought..

    1. Should I restore the iMac back to it's factory settings before shipping to the buyer? If so, how should I go about doing so?

    2. Should I do a clean install of OS X on the new machine? It's not brand new, has been used by a software company for testing their own stuff

    3. My new MacBook doesn't have FireWire so full Migration isn't possible- most of my stuff is on an external drive anyway, so is it OK just to drag the Applications folder from my iMac onto my external, and then onto the MacBook?

    Many thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. KevinC macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    #2
    I would do a clean install on the old machine.

    To migrate, hook up an external drive and run a Time Machine backup of the old iMac. You can then use the Migration Assistant to restore the new system to the exact state of the old one, using that backup. Works VERY well.. Windows users WISH they had a way to do this so effortlessly and reliably.
     
  3. chappy87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Location:
    Southampton, UK
    #3
    Hi Kevin, thanks for the reply.

    The only problem with this is that I have a very large amount of stuff already on my external, and nowhere else really to put it. This kind of rules out the Time Machine route, which would otherwise be ideal!
     
  4. kweston2 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    #4
    Advice

    1. Yes with the original disc boot off of it and then reinstall.:apple:
    2. Yes I think it is polite.:)
    3. The transfer process (in Leopard) can be done over ethernet if thats available...dont do wireless make sure it is wired.
     
  5. chappy87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Location:
    Southampton, UK
    #5
    Does the install from the book disc erase all information on the HDD?

    Also, when doing the migration over ethernet, will I need to type in serial codes for all purchased apps again?

    Cheers.
     
  6. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Location:
    Albany
  7. KevinC macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    #7
    Sounds like the ethernet solution is going to be the way to go.

    But.. sounds like you're not currently using Time Machine. You should seriously consider it. External drives are now ultra-cheap, and it's an easy way to keep current backups at all times.
     

Share This Page