Reinstall vs Transfer ?

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  1. drsox macrumors 65816

    drsox

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    I'm just about the swap MacBook Airs. The old one has developed some annoying glitches in some software behaviour, so I'm going to reinstall some items.

    Question : If I install a new copy of Mavervicks would I be better off also reinstalling all my apps and personal data or merely transferring this from the old MBA ?

    I'm inclined to reinstall everything but as that's what I used to do every 6 months with Win7 I'm hoping OSX would not need this.

    Cheers
     
  2. janitor3 macrumors regular

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    Do a backup, then install a fresh copy of Mavericks.
    Then transfer what you want using migration assistant from utilities folder.
     
  3. drsox thread starter macrumors 65816

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    A re-install of Mavericks seems to have done the job. I had to create a Mavericks Recovery Partition though or I would have had to start from ML. Cheers.
     
  4. Daniele Mnn macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I was following this thread since I may need to do the same thing as you did for a friend. I have a question: did you transfer the apps and data after the re-install of mavericks or did you started from scratch for everything?
    Thanks for the answer!
     
  5. drsox thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I reinstalled the one app that was giving me a problem - RealVNC. The other apps are still to be reinstalled/transferred. The "old" installs are still on a USB drive so what I might do is to re-boot into the "old" Mavericks, delete the "old" version of RealVNC and transfer across all the other apps plus user data. I'll repost if that goes badly !

    It seems that the cause of the problem might well be the upgrade of Mavericks that I did (on 2 Macs - MBA and Mini) so I'll do a fresh install of Mavericks on the Mini as well. Make sure you have a Mavericks Recovery Partition before you start is my recommendation.
     
  6. Daniele Mnn macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the informations, coming from windows i find difficult to believe you can do these kind of things and not have problems, it's a great strength of the mac, i no longer need to reinstall the o.s. every 6/12 months!
     

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