Time Machine Restore to different drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jaysmith, May 29, 2009.

  1. jaysmith macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2005
    Hi folks, quick question:
    I just setup my mac pro, and started to install my applications. Then I realized I had an older drive from way back that might have some useful stuff on it. This drive was my boot drive, with old apps installed on it. Is there a way through Time Machine (or otherwise) to install these apps on my new boot drive? I can't find the proper install dmg's. This would save me a lot of hassle.

  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    An older external drive? Just plug it in, let it mount on your desktop, find the Applications folder on there, and drag those apps over to your new Mac. Not all apps wprl after being moved that way though, ... most should.

    Time Machine would only be of help if you used Time Machine on your older system to back stuff up to the drive you found.

    Another way of doing this would be to attach your older drive and run the Migration Assistant from Applications > Utilities. It helps you bring stuff from the old drive over, but it doesn't let you do a detailed selection. (For example, if you tell it to move your apps, it will move all of them from the old Mac .. no way to pick just the ones you want)
  3. jaysmith thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2005
    thanks, but my software didn't work from the old drive to begin with, so it was a losing battle anyways.

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