Clean install, migration assistant, or other? How are you transferring toa new Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Richie3000, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Richie3000 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Can't wait 'til my new Mini arrives on Tuesday (sorry late '07 Macbook)--and have been feverishly reading all of the how-to's on starting anew with transferring files, etc. from an older Mac.

    After adding RAM and an SSD, I plan on performing a clean install but am curious, how's everyone else been going about it?

    Migration assistant, manual transfer, a hybrid?
  2. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    I always just back up the files I want to keep on an external drive. Then after a clean install I just manually transfer the files I want on the new Mac.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I've never touched migration assistant. I prefer to just move the files I need.
  4. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    When I got my laptop a few years ago, I did a complete manual transfer of everything: personal files, bookmarks, contacts, calendars, applications, the whole shibang (I didn't mention system settings because, well... that's five minutes at most in the system preferences pane). With the exception of applications, everything was just a drag and drop. Because I save the installer files/.dmg and create digital copies of the installer DVDs I own, installing the files all over again wasn't difficult. The biggest hurdle I faced involved transferring templates for iWork from the last to the new system.

    I tried migration assistant, but using my method, I shaved about an hour off the time MA would've taken, even when using an ethernet connection... that might just be me, though. If you don't happen to still have the installer files for your applications or didn't buy them through the mac app store (which saves some headaches for reinstalling applications), then you could use MA to transfer just the applications and their libraries onto the new machine and do everything else manually.

    Also, because transferring templates required easy access to the Library folder, something that's not easy to get to on Lion I hear, you might have to find another way to do that.
  5. srf4real macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    I'm doing this too. I have everything on a firewire 800 x hdd.. will just pull files onto Lion. I kept a lot of installer dmg's as well. Just making sure that anything Rosetta gets scratched off the list.:)
  6. Jupeman macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Migration assistant over the LAN. It worked great.

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