Transferring files to a new Mac: Start fresh, or copy everything over?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MacAztec, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. MacAztec macrumors 68040

    MacAztec

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    I am moving my system over to a new MBP, from an older MBP. The old system has Snow Leopard (installed when it came out), quite a few files, but I keep it fairly clean (I run Onyx once a month).

    If you were starting fresh with a brand new computer, would you hook the machines up via FireWire, and let OS X copy everything (basically cloning your hard drive), or would you back everything up, reinstall all the applications, and then copy over your data files?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tomple macrumors 6502a

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    I like to start totally new, and then use dropbox to transfer the documents/preference files I need. I enjoy the feeling of starting totally anew :D
     
  3. MacAztec thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Do you think it makes a difference in system speed?
     
  4. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    I start all over again.

    Over time, too much cruft will build up. Downloads, trial programs, documents, you name it.

    It's nice starting with a clean slate. Note, I normally hang on to my old Mac for a while, so if I do remember I need something from it, I just go get it.

    I'm beginning to start putting as much as I can onto a central Mac mini server (iTunes content, docs, photos, etc) so I don't try to sync that much, which makes starting clean a pretty easy affair.
     
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  6. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Not especially.

    I don't know how customized the kernels might be for the different CPU types. Perhaps someone with some insight could chime in...
     

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