New iMac - Migration Assistant vs manual transfer

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MondoMac, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. MondoMac macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2010
    Eagerly awaiting my ship date for a new iMac (having been burned by two models with screen problems at the end of last year... another story). But I face three choices when it arrives to replace my trusty MB.

    1. Use Migration Assistant to bring over apps, files, my library or everything.

    2. Restore from my most recent Time Machine backup.

    3. Manually re-install my apps and simply move across my files and folders.

    Does anyone know whether there's any benefit to the "cleaner" option 3? Is there any difference between 1 and 2? I feel instinctively that my prinstine Snow Leopard-powered iMac would be better off for the minimalist option, but if there are no concrete advantages, I'll let Time Machine take the strain.
  2. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    When I moved from my Mac Mini to my iMac I used Migration Assistant and it worked great and was much faster than trying to re-install everything from scratch (I've got lots of apps). Since then I've upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard and still haven't noticed any ill effects.

    If option 1 doesn't work for you , you can always fall back to option 3.

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