Migrate OS+files with TM or Migration Assistant?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by komatsu, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

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    Sep 19, 2010
    #1
    Normal working OS X.

    I need to import files, apps and settings onto a new HDD.

    Is it best to do a

    a) Time Machine backup first

    OR

    b) attach drive to USB and use Migration Assistant?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

    CoastalOR

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    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    #2
    I recommend:
    a) Time Machine backup first
    AND
    b) attach drive to USB and use Migration Assistant

    I always believe in having alternatives (Plan B). Using Migration Assistant with you old drive should work fine if there are no problem with it.

    I recommend having a Time Machine backup just in case. BTW, you should be able to use Migration Assistant on the Time Machine backup.
     
  3. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sep 19, 2010
    #3
    ok thanks for that.

    Should there be any difference between route (a) and route (b) in terms of success, speed, data integrity, whatever ?
     

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