How to do a Fresh OSX install and restore files from timemachine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Potatochobit, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. Potatochobit macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    I bought a new macbook pro
    will taking the hard drive from my older unibody macbook pro work if I install it into the new one?

    or is a fresh install best?
    is it possible to do a fresh install first, then restore files from timemachine without timemachine restoring the OSX files too?
  2. AustinIllini macrumors G3


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX

    If your old MBP has thunderbolt, I would use migration utility with a thunderbolt cable (you could buy it and immediately return it if you wanted)
  3. Potatochobit thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    well, I just removed the hard drive from the old mac and plopped it into the new one, reset the PRAM and eveyrthing is working fine.

    I was concerned because I was using the original unibody macbook pro from 2008 which is a core2duo and the new ones are all i7.

    I don't remember seeing those options last time I used time machine but it has been awhile.
    maybe I will still do a clean install over the holidays.
    thanx for the reply.

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