iMac file and software transfer question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Crafty Amanda, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Crafty Amanda macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2013
    My new iMac arrives tomorrow and I will be using Time Machine to transfer all of my data, files etc from my MacBook. I KNOW that I have to install software (such as Photoshop etc) and cannot transfer those, only the files.

    So my question is this:

    Do I wait until after the transfer of files from Time Machine to install the software packages on the new machine? Or do I need to set up the new machine, skip the part when it asks if I want to transfer files, install software and THEN go back and transfer files?

    Hope that made sense. Thanks for any help!
  2. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    You should let Time Machine transfer everything during the initial setup process. I recently restored my colleague's mac from a time machine backup and photoshop works fine. All I did was to re-enter the serial and it worked. I had the impression all along you had to reinstall Adobe software but I guess that thought is now dated.
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    During setup, let it copy from your TM backup. If you do it any other way, it can get messy. And as was stated, all you may need to do for a couple of apps is reenter the serial number. Depending on what else you use, you may find you need to install the application again. Just handle it on a per application basis after you have the system set up.
  4. Crafty Amanda thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2013
    Oh! That's awesome news, thanks so much both of you. Can't wait to get my new machine tomorrow! :)
  5. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2013
    Litovel, Czech Republic
    You're right that it should work in most cases after re-activation however Adobe doesn't really recommend this method as there are many files stored all over the place plus many people use a lot of plugins, which seems to be corrupted after transfer. I had to reinstall the whole suite and works fine.

    Nevertheless, it is possible to do it that way but it's still valid information that re-install is the ideal option :).

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