Best way to import data from another machine?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by iBrooker, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. iBrooker macrumors 6502

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    I really do mean best and not necessarily easiest :D

    I normally unhide hidden files then copy the contents of my Library folder to an external disk. Then I normally copy the following manually onto the fresh system:
    • Emails (the ‘V2′ Mail folder from /.Library/Mail)
    • Keychains & Passwords (login.keychain from /.Library/Keychains)
    • Address book & Contacts
    • .ssh folder and other important invisible files
    • recreate my home folder with what I need from the copied version
    I would prefer to have a 'clean' new set-up where I install all of my programs rather than a migration that might import all sorts of stuff I might not want.

    Is this what everyone else does? Or is there a better way?
     
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  3. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Null modem via USB? :p I guess it is doable.

    Sounds like you're doing it about right.
    Migration assistant, or whatever, always seems bring along some weird, annoying thing from 2007.
     
  4. iBrooker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What's a serial port ;) :D
     

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