Fresh install vs. Time Machine restore?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Fallinangel, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Fallinangel macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2005

    I don't know if I should build everything from scratch or use my Time Machine backup to rebuild my old system on my new 24" iMac?

    I'm currently running the latest version of Leopard (v10.5.4) on my iMac G5 (see my signature for specs!), and I'm using Time Machine with an external firewire harddrive for my backups!
    I've only recently installed Leopard, about 5 weeks ago, and keep a very maintained and clean system running.

    Is switching from PowerPC to Intel going to cause a problem (drivers, prefernces, apps, etc.)?
    I have never used one of those stripping utilities to remove the Intel part of applications! They should still all be "universal"!!!

    Could there be any other problems?

    Furthermore, I'm going to use a bigger, 750 GB HD with the new machine, instead of the old 400 GB (75% used!).

    I'm migrating from a 20" iMac (PPC) to a new 24" Intel-iMac, which is going to arrive next week.

    What would you recommend. Any testimonials?

  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    You should be able to do a clean install on your new system, but select to also restore data from your Time Machine backup. At least that's how I think it works.
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    When I upgraded my HD, I used time machine to restore everything, and there have been no problems at all. Granted, I didn't make the switch from PPC to Intel during the transition, but since everything is backwards compatible and up to date, you shouldn't have any problems either.

    You would have problems if you did strip the intel code using something like xslimmer, but you said haven't so, you'll be fine.

    EDIT: You can also use migration assistant to copy everything from time machine, or so I'm told.

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