New Macbook Air. Restore from TimeMachine or Migration Assistant?

sneak3

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Original poster
Oct 14, 2011
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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?
 

dacreativeguy

macrumors 68020
Jan 27, 2007
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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.
 

kohlson

macrumors 68020
Apr 23, 2010
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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.
 

Ace2617

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Mar 16, 2016
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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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