I should know the answer to these questions, so in advance, many thanks for your patience. I've been backing up my MBP 2011 to an external hard drive regularly, not just files, but applications and the like. I've never used Time Machine or the Cloud (other than for my iPhone). As I await the new machine, my plans were to take those files from the external drive and just load them on for apps, docs, bookmarks, all manually. However, reading these comments, I'm wondering if there's a better way to make the transfer, especially as the last time I did this was over 4 years ago from a Vaio to the MBP. Thanks for any tips.