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Loyola

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This weekend I will be transferring my files from my old iMac to my new Mac Mini M1. I know i can use Migration Assistant but I do not want to transfer all of my files. I have old G5 software, Virtual Linux OS and other junk that I don't want to transfer. The items I want to transfer are Microsoft Office, I-tunes library, Firefox bookmarks and documents/photos. All of these things are on an external hard drive. I think it may be best just to use the external hard drive to migrate this items. Does this same reasonable? Am I missing anything that I should consider? It has been close to 11 years since I have had to do this and want to make sure I am doing what is best.

Thanks for your input.
 

MarkC426

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If it's an external HD, can you just plug it in the mini, and either use it as-is or copy to M1 disk.
I would install Office freshly on the M1, especially if your moving from HS to Big Sur.
 
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Loyola

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If it's an external HD, can you just plug it in the mini, and either use it as-is or copy to M1 disk.
I would install Office freshly on the M1, especially if your moving from HS to Big Sur.

Yes, I will be using an external HD to transfer what I want to the new computer.

I do have the ability to do a fresh install Office since I get it from and can have it on 5 computers.
 

Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
You can use the external drive to manually transfer files. Before doing so, I would make a backup of your important files in case something unfortunate happens during the process (like a drive becoming corrupt or failing).
 

Loyola

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You can use the external drive to manually transfer files. Before doing so, I would make a backup of your important files in case something unfortunate happens during the process (like a drive becoming corrupt or failing).

I am keeping the orginal computer. The external HD is the back up of all of the files Would you still recommend making another back up?
 

Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
I am keeping the orginal computer. The external HD is the back up of all of the files Would you still recommend making another back up?
I believe in having at least 3 different backups of important files. It may be overkill in the eyes of many here but, I do my best to be proactive against disaster.

Two different backups may be just fine for you. Do what works best for you.
 
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Miat

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I believe in having at least 3 different backups of important files. It may be overkill in the eyes of many here but, I do my best to be proactive against disaster.
The Golden Rule of Backup: There is no such thing as too much backup. But there is such a thing as not enough.
 

Loyola

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Migration Assistant will let you pick and choose, to some extent, what you're migrating in.

Is there anything that shows what I can pick and choose? I might be remembering incorrectly but I thought it migrated all files.
 

Fishrrman

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OP wrote:
"The items I want to transfer are Microsoft Office, I-tunes library, Firefox bookmarks and documents/photos. All of these things are on an external hard drive."

If these are already on an external drive, you're already part-way there.

Here are some suggestions.

First... to avoid permissions problems, do this:
1. Connect the external drive to the new Mac
2. Let the drive icon mount on the desktop
3. Click on the icon ONE TIME to select it
4. Bring up the "get info" box for the icon (command-i)
5. At the bottom of get info, click the lock and enter your NEW password (the one you use on the M1 Mini)
6. Put a checkmark into "ignore ownership on this volume" (sharing & permissions)
7. Close get info

Now you can copy things from the external drive, and whatever is copied will "come under the ownership" of your NEW account on the Mini.

To address individual tasks:
- MS Office -- can't help too much here. If they're just Office docs that YOU created, they should move over without problems. If you can install a fresh copy of Office with your registration, well... just do it.

- iTunes library -- I'm going to -guess- that the new Apple Music app can import these. That's what I'd try (if you intend to use Apple Music). You should know that you can STILL USE iTunes with the m1 Macs, right? To do this, you need the free app called "Retroactive". I prefer iTunes (for the free internet radio streaming) to the Music App, so it was "Retroactive/iTunes" for me.

- Firefox bookmarks -- I'd install a fresh copy of FireFox onto the new Mini, then see if it will import the bookmarks from the external drive.

- documents -- if these are files you've created with various apps, just copy them over to wherever you wish to keep them on the Mini. Do "test opens" on a few to see how they work afterwards.

- photos -- key question is, "what app are you going to use to view/edit them on the new Mac?"
Photos should import pics from an older iPhoto library easily.
Again, you can still use iPhoto if you activate it with Retroactive.
 
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Loyola

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I appreciate all the advice and information. It looks like i will be in good shape when I set up my Mac Mini.
 
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ignatius345

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Is there anything that shows what I can pick and choose? I might be remembering incorrectly but I thought it migrated all files.
Give it a try. I can’t remember but I’m pretty sure you get a chance to confirm what it’s gonna do before you commit to the transfer.
 

Loyola

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I decided to use Migration Assistant. In the future I don't think I would do it again. I didn't truly realize how much junk I had on my old computer. After hours of going though the junk, I reclaimed 60 GB of hard drive space. "Other" is still showing close to 40 GB down from 50 GB. In order to reduce "Other" I had to delete really old files from Library. I had files going back to 2005. Since I didn't want to delete anything I think I might need I stopped at files from 2015.

I would love to see if I could get "Other" down to a smaller number but I am not sure what I still delete without messing up my computer.
 
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ignatius345

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It will not let pick which apps you want. It is all or nothing.

Try App Cleaner for complete un-installs of apps you don't need. Been using it for years -- it's excellent and free and it gets out all the ancillary library files and whatnot, in addition to the actual application.

If you want a clear overview of what's eating space generally, try DaisyDisk. Well worth the one-time $10 in my opinion.
 

Loyola

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Try App Cleaner for complete un-installs of apps you don't need. Been using it for years -- it's excellent and free and it gets out all the ancillary library files and whatnot, in addition to the actual application.

If you want a clear overview of what's eating space generally, try DaisyDisk. Well worth the one-time $10 in my opinion.

I found this out the hard way after I uninstalled apps. Files were in so many folders.

There were some items I elected not to transfer but I cannot remember now.
 
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