Opinion: Fresh Install or Restore from TM/Migration

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nyc2pdx, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. nyc2pdx macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2012
    Portland, Oregon
    I've had a few macs for the last 10 years or so, and never done a fresh install (well, since my first one). How easy is it to get my keychain over, mail, etc...? Apps I am not worried about as most are in the App Store.

    I should have my new mac later this week, so I am just thinking about it.

  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Providing your Time Machine backup is running the latest version of Sierra, there shouldn't be an issue restoring from backup. Migration Assistant is a little different in that the OS can be older.

    However as a matter of course I normally like to go with a fresh start and don't restore/migrate anything from the old computer. If there are any documents you need, you can transfer those over with the ol' drag-and-drop. If you have iCloud Keychain enabled, then simply signing into iCloud on your Mac's first setup should retain that information.

    It's up to you of course, though there wouldn't be a problem whichever course you decide to take.

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