SL to Lion-Pros and cons of clean install then migration assistant

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by psoin, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. psoin macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2005
    I'm trying to decide if I should simply run the Lion app or do a clean install then use migration assistant for a SL time machine back-up.
    Is there a difference? Will one transfer fewer junk files?
    I'm mainly interested in transferring settings, cookies and passwords. I can reinstall applications if necessary.

    I appreciate your thoughts.
  2. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    Doing a clean install and then migrating would be a waste of time. Either upgrade OR clean install. Don't try mixing it.
  3. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    I did a clean install from my FW800 WD MyBook Studio, took about 25-30 mins, then manually migrated my info that i needed from my time machine backup by navigating into the backup.backupdb folder and dragging and dropping the data.

    i.e. copied the stuff in my desktop, pictures, music, etc... folders over to the proper locations after I created my user account on lion so I would have my data

    Then I installed all my apps. Then I made a new time machine backup...because really, there were a bunch of crappy apps I didn't need installed anyhow and they would have left behind pieces scattered around my HD.

    I've got only what I need and nothing more bloating my system. Highly suggest this method.

    My mid-10 2.4 i5 MBP runs this like a champ. not one glitch at all. Stellar performance.

    I'm loving Lion.

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