It's time to migrate everything to my new MBP, but my PowerMac (G5 running 10.4.11) hasn't been especially stable lately. Between that and the platform change, I'm hesitant to do a direct migration. I'd like to make a fresh start and have as stable a system as possible. To that end, a few questions: 1) Is there any reason besides labor-intensiveness to use Migration Assistant instead of freshly installing software, copying over files, and reconfiguring everything? 2) Does Migration Assistant preserve file permissions? Is there any way to preserve permissions when doing a direct copy? 3) Does Migration Assistant migrate files that are not within the /Users directory? 4) I'm very concerned about email -- Mail.app has been extremely crashy lately (especially when previewing messages with attachments), but I need to migrate my email archives -- is there any way to get a stable fresh start for email without losing the archives? Thanks!