transferring files using Migration Assistant

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by idea3, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. idea3 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2004
    I need to transfer files from my old mac to the new one. I used to use migration assistant for that purpose before. The downsite of it is that you have pretty much your old computer in the box of a new one - in terms of the settings, layouts etc. Same everything. I want to transfer only a few applications plus the settings of programs like Safari, pictures from iPhoto, things like that. Is there a better way, than using migration assistant? Can I select specifically these options only in migration assistant?

    Thanx for any help
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I know you can select/deselect certain items from being copied over in Migration Assistant, but I don't know if you choose specifically which settings to copy over.

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  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I believe you could pick applications without transferring any users or settings. I just did this the other day for my daughter and all her apps, settings, etc came over. I've never bothered to try this without transferring everything. Why don't you want everything to come over? If you really are getting a new Mac, wouldn't you want to simply "pick up where you left off" rather than having to spend time tweaking to get things the way you like them?
  4. idea3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2004
    I did that before, the problem is my current mac is so messy in some ways. I don't want to transfer all that mess to my new mac. I will see what I can click off in the options of migration asistant.

    Thanx for your replies...
  5. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Why not clean up the mess on your old Mac before using migration assistant? You can still choose to only bring over certain stuff, but you have had a clear out before hand.

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