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Original poster
Dec 28, 2009
Not sure where to ask this, so I'll try here.

I'm setting up a new Mac using Migration assistant (and, no, I don't want to set it up as a "clean" Mac). I want to transfer everything except my iCloud photos library. Rather, I prefer to just download it from iCloud on the new computer. How can I do this? My idea is as follows

1. Disable iClouds photos on the old Mac.
2. Delete the photos library.
3. Use migration assistant.
4. Enable iCloud photos on the new Mac with "download originals."

Would that work? I don't want to risk for example that it deletes all photos in iCloud.
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