Moving stuff from old to new Mac - what's the best way?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by digitaldave, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. digitaldave macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2006
    I'm planning on getting a new Mac in the very near future, and want to move stuff over. What's the preferred way of doing this?

    a) Migration Assistant via ethernet;
    b) Migration Assistant via Time Machine backup drive;
    c) Use an external drive to copy things like iTunes and iPhoto libraries manually, and reinstall apps as needed.

    I'm tempted to just let Migration Assistant do all the hard work, and copy everything over, but I'm wondering if a fresh start might be a good idea.

    Your thoughts?


  2. notranked macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    I used way b. It´s very simple and u have all ur old configs on ur new mac.
  3. Patrick946 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    Is there any advantage to starting fresh and moving all of your media over? I have an external HDD that's 1/2 Time Machine and 1/2 storage, so I could do it either way.
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    d. Buy the new Mac at an Apple Store.

    (They will copy your stuff for free.)
  5. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    I went with B, and it worked great :cool: (via wifi at that)
    Today I upgraded from a 1st gen MacBook with 10.5 to an 11" Macbook Air with 10.6
    All went smooth as silk! Just had to re-auth a couple of apps, and that was the only extra work I had to do.

    Some folk claim its better to drag everything over manually, but I don't see the point when the Migration Assistant and Time Machine work this well.

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