Opinion: Fresh Install or Restore from TM/Migration

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

  1. nyc2pdx macrumors 6502

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    #1
    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.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    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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