I've searched threads and other sites but I'm still confused as to the specific method of going about a manual migration of data to a clean install of macOS. Apple suggests it's possible to simply copy data to an external drive, then copy to the fresh installation, but I've read conflicting instructions regarding whether to copy/drag the top level folder, "documents" for example, while some suggest selecting and copying the contents of such a folder and pasting into the corresponding folder in the new operating system. I interpret Apple's instructions to mean the top level folder, but my experience would tell me mac OS would ask if I wanted to replace or merge, etc. the corresponding folder and this could potentially be a huge mess. Potential for that either way I guess Perhaps picking and choosing through Migration Assistant, say from a TimeMachine backup, is the safest method? Any advice or experience on this would be much appreciated.