New iMac, Migration

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jw3571, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

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    just picked up a new iMac, am I better to
    Migrate the data from my old iMac or do a fresh install? Also, I have boot camp on my old machine and I don't want it on my new machine, will that be an issue if I migrate the info from my old one?
     
  2. driftless macrumors demi-god

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  3. Bob418 macrumors member

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    I normally only transfer user data to new Mac, with Time Machine backup. For apps I use, I always reinstall again. This process won't take too much time but also keep the new Mac relatively clean.

    If you need to install Homebrew for development purpose, you need to make sure /usr/local folder is clean. It's the only issue I encountered in my migration to new iMac during the weekend.
     
  4. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    As to user data mine is on a local drive, DropBox, and, to far less extent on iCloud.
     
  5. chicagofan00 macrumors regular

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    I always setup fresh and then just copy over any specific files/folders I need. For me, part of the experience of getting a new computer is setting it up fresh. Plus it helps ensure that any software issues you may have been encountering before are removed by doing a fresh install of all the apps again.
     
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    As with most everything else in here, there are differing opinions. I used Migration Assistant on my latest iMac and it got the job done quite quickly and effectively

    No issue at all.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    With a new Mac, even during "migration", the OS, System files, and Apple apps will always be "fresh" (the new copies on the new drive).
    Old Apple apps don't get migrated.

    Insofar as non-Apple apps go, if they were working "as intended" on the old Mac, I'd migrate them and see how well they work on the new one. If they -don't- work, then it's time to trash them and do a "new install".
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I used Migration Assistant many times and never had any issues. If things are working properly on your existing Mac, odds are a migration will work just fine.

    MA will not bring over Bootcamp/Windows.
     

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