Filling new computer with backup drive, without the clutter?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by dapork, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. dapork macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2016
    Hey, I recently got a new MBP and I'd like to fill with all the content (docs/apps/files) that I backed up onto an external drive with Time Machine.

    I know there's a way to transfer it all, but I instead started copying things manually for this reason:

    1) I think a lot of useless files build over time and I wanted to freshen things
    2) I had a buggy version of Logic Pro and I decided to buy it new

    I don't want the garbage or the bad app to get lost in my new computer, but how can I ensure I get all the necessary files for my Logic projects? For example, I opened one and it couldn't find part of it. Any crucial folders I should copy over? Or should I delete everything I copied and just transfer the whole thing?

    I appreciate it if someone can help me out with this.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Do you still have the previous Mac?
    Do you have a spare external drive?

    If so, don't use Time Machine.
    Use CarbonCopyCloner instead (FREE to download and use for 30 days)
    Create a cloned backup of the OLD drive.
    Connect to the NEW Macbook.
    It will "mount up" in the finder, with everything being "copyable" in plain old finder format.

    You WILL need to go to the drive's "get info" box, click the lock, enter your password, and put a check into the box "ignore ownership on this volume".

    Then, manually copy over whatever you wish.

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