New Macbook Air. Restore from TimeMachine or Migration Assistant?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sneak3, May 28, 2017.

  1. sneak3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    Hey guys.

    Just got this brand new 2015 Macbook Air 13" to replace one from 2011. I have a timemachine backup.

    Which method is the "cleanliest"? I already did a fresh install on the 2011 one 2 months ago so all the apps and settings are the ones I'd like to keep. Wouldn't really enjoy wasting time starting 100% fresh.

    Any thoughts?
  2. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Both will work fine. I've only used restore because why bother setting up the machine as new just to use migration to restore from backup.
  3. Boyd01 Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I have had really good results with Migration Assistant. Worked perfectly, right down to the arrangement of items on the desktop.
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I have used both, and where I work IT recommends MA. That said, my personal preference is TM. At least you'll know you have one good backup.
  5. madrich macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2012
    World Class City of Chicago
    If for some reason there is a corrupt file or virus backed-up on the TM, then MA would afford better protection.
  6. Ace2617 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2016
    I've used both in the past. MA worked well. I recently had a problem trying to restore a drive from Time Machine -- I suspect something was probably corrupted in my backup. I'd recommend MA.

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