New MBP, best way to migrate?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tekksan, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. tekksan macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    My 2012 MBP Sierra OSX machine died and I have a TM backup of it. I ordered a 2016 MBP from eBay (not sure of what OS is installed) but I want to reinstall a fresh OS on since I don’t trust whatever is on there.

    Should I install Sierra on it, use Migration assistant to get my files back and then upgrade to Mojave or install Mojave’s first, then use Migration Assistant to move my files from the Sierra TM backup?
  2. kenvip88 macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2018
    Ho Chi Minh
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Upgrade to Mojave first, then migrate. Also, I'd recommend reinstalling apps that need it instead of migrating them. Its good to do a complete new setup every few years. I've seen people who have been migrating their data since forever, their library is full of obsolete plugins and that doesn't really make the machine run better...
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Just restore your data from your backups, that way you have a clean install of the OS
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Is the 2012 retina or non-retina?
    If it's a non-retina, you should open the back and remove the drive.
    You can then use it with the new one as an external drive.

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