Transfer apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Big Shisha, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Big Shisha macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    This might seem like a silly question, so please bear with me :eek:

    I'm about to order a new HD for my macbook and I think that a fresh install of snow leopard is best, what is the best way to transfer installed apps(i.e ilife, final cut etc), since I installed these I've moved and lost the boxes/serials.
    Is there a way to copy accross the app?
    I plan to put the old HD in an enclosure, is it as easy as dragging across the apps?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    With your old HD in an enclosure, Migration Assistant should work.
  3. smirk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Dragging across apps may not work; it depends on the app and where it stores its data. Lots of apps store data in /Library/ApplicationSupport as well as other places. I don't know for sure, but it is possible that just dragging the app over will make it think it is a fresh installation on the new hard drive, and the app will prompt you for a serial number, ask you to register, etc. Or it may not work at all.
  4. Big Shisha thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Thanks for the replies.

    Will the migration assistant work via USB? Also, can you pick certain apps to transfer? I've installed loads of apps that I don't need/want/know what they are for!
  5. ZBB macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    Yep. Here's the steps:

    Take your old HD out and put it in a USB enclosure.
    Install the new HD
    Insert OSX DVD and run the install
    When it asks if you're migrating from an old computer or backup, select yes.
    Plug in the USB drive and follow the instrux.

    I did this a couple months ago on my MBP. 2-3 hours total time to swap the drive, install OSX and migrate everything back over.
  6. Big Shisha thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010

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