Setting up a new mac: TM or fresh install?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mais78, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. Mais78 macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2014
    Hi, when buying a new macbook what is it advisable to do? Do a fresh install or use time machine?
    If you use TM do you transfer junk that has accumulated over the years? What is best performance-wise?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Personal preference.

    I set it up as a new machine, re-installing my apps, but restoring my data, others opt for the full restore.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Captain's discretion.

    Depends how much stuff you've got on your TM backup and how easy it would be to reinstall. I'd always say a fresh OS and reinstall from there, but that's just personal preference and more to err on the side of caution. If that'll involve too much effort, just restore from TM backup.

    It's really only a question that you can properly answer.
  4. Mais78 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2014
    I don't have a lot of stuff and all files are in dropbox, so easy to migrate. I would save time installing Office and Adobe Creative Cloud essentially (don't have much more). Not sure whether TM would save account info and preferences.

    BTW, I got Windows 10 for free as I was betatester. In theory it should work only on the original machine, do you think that it will work if I migrate from Early 2015 MBP to the new one? I think it has to be with motherboard.
  5. gpat, Oct 20, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2016

    gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    I personally hate migrating data automatically. I just have to know that I'm running on a clean system.
    When I was less lazy I always fresh installed every major OS release as well instead of updating.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Migration Assistant works quite well.

    Be aware that you are -not- migrating old system files, only apps, accounts, user data, and settings.

    BTW, I've read reports that the migration actually gets done more quickly if you first clone your old Mac to an external drive (using either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper), and then let Migration Assistant "work from the clone"...
  7. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    You mean it only copies data files? How is this different from dragging and dropping?

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