Moving info between machines

cmm

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I bought a new machine. If I move my entire home folder, will it save all my preferences like it does in FreeBSD? This includes, for example, my AdiumX logs because I know they are located in ~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Users/Default/Logs/[account]

Also, if true, what do I need to do when I connect to that server. Just go to /Users and move the users home folder?

Thanks!
 

yellow

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Just use the /Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant.app... that's what it's for.

EDIT: Damnit.. see what happens when you open as a tab and then don't respond for a while? You get beat. :)
 

cmm

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It tells me I have to do it in firewire?

Also, can I pick what I want to move and what I want to stay?
 

Eidorian

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cmm said:
It tells me I have to do it in firewire?

Also, can I pick what I want to move and what I want to stay?
You'll have to use FireWire. (Hopefully this is between Macs.) You can pick to just import your user folder, account, and settings. You can additionally transfer applications. It'll check which version is more recent and not transfer an older version of it. You don't have to transfer applications though. In my opinion it's just better to move your home directory and start from there.
 

cmm

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Well, I don't have a firewire wire. I thought I could do this with my network 10/100 cables. :/
 

Eidorian

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cmm said:
Well, I don't have a firewire wire. I thought I could do this with my network 10/100 cables. :/
You can use a ethernet cable as well between the Macs. It just won't be a nice automated process.
 

cmm

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By connecting in finder to another machine and transfering the home folder? If I did get a firewire cable, would I have to reenter registration numbers for apps with the migration assistant?
 

cmm

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yellow said:
The firewire wire (as you called it) is pretty inexpensive and definitely worth the money you spend on it.
Yeah, I thought they were 30+. My local staples store has one for ten bucks; I'll just get that.