Migration Tool - How reliable is it?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dL., Oct 17, 2008.

  1. dL. macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    I'm always under the impression that when you do any sort of Archive, migrate, or merge or whatever to copy your old data to a new copy of your OS, it's bad. At least in the Windows world.

    How is it really like in the Mac side? Anyone tried it via migration tool or via Time Machine? Slower than clean install? The same?

  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    It doesn't suck. Welcome to the world of Mac OS.

    Personally, I'd do a clean install anyways.
  3. lakerboy macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    I just got a new MacBook, and I used the migration assisstant to transfer my old PB12" data over. It worked great; I was impressed! I used it with my time machine backup, and it worked flawlessly. Using my external HD (USB of course :p), it still worked pretty fast, taking maybe 30 or 40 minutes total, even though the girl at the Apple Store said it would take forever.

    Go ahead and give it a shot.
  4. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    i did it from my old imac (spec in sig) to my new mbp
    i was scared at first too with the same thoughts you had
    but i thought id give it a shot

    let me tell you, it was freakin amazing
    everything literally transfered over perfectly
    my logitech mouse drivers transfered perfectly, my system pref, istat menubar, itunes, aperture, etc...
    after all, it doesnt hurt to try.. you can always clean install

    oh one note, it actually did transfer my 'sharing' setting so it said that my mbp was an Imac ie. "David's iMac" so ull have to change that in ur system preference... no biggie

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