How to use superduper to set up a new computer but only copying user files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by saikyo, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. saikyo macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2009
    Hello Everyone,

    I have a Mac Mini that I am preparing to sell, and I already have my replacement Mac Mini in my possession.

    I have fully backed up Mac Mini 1 using SuperDuper onto an external hard drive.

    Mac Mini 2 is sitting around waiting to be unboxed.

    I know it is possible to fully restore Mac Mini 2 to Mac Mini 1's state using SuperDuper, but for various reasons I would rather just set up MacMini 2 as if it were a new machine, and then, after I have the user set up, copy the user data from the external hard drive over to Mac Mini 2.

    Can this be done?

    How can I do this?

    If you couldn't tell from my explanation, I'm sort of new at this, your patience is appreciated.
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Use the Apple Migration Assistant in the Utilities folder. That will give you a range of options of what to copy, but it will safely and easily handle app preferences, email, photos, etc, if you want it to.

    If you only want to copy data files, then just connect the two Macs together (either to the same wireless network or physically with an Ethernet cable), turn file sharing on the source Mini, and drag the files over in the Finder.

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