Time Machine Cloning To New Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by atacinus, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. atacinus macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2003
    New York City
    Hi all, I'm curious about something - I'm buying a new machine and want to use time machine to clone my old system exactly unto my new one - my question is this - I'm sure my old mac is really defragmented (big video files etc.) one thing I love about a new mac is it's so speedy for a while until I start mucking it up...if I use time machine to clone the old mac to the new mac will it be defragmented on the new mac as well...or will it copy the files in a big chunk and just write to one place?

  2. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    If you copy files to your new Mac from a TM backup they won't be fragmented as long as nothing else is writing data and the drive isn't very close to full as they'll be written in sequential order. But that being said, OS X in general, like all UNIX systems, does a pretty good job of preventing file fragmentation and optimizing file storage on its own (vs. Windows, for instance). So you don't really need to worry about this too much anyway.

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