Upgrading MBP: clean reinstall or restore from TimeMachine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ivid, May 5, 2010.

  1. ivid macrumors newbie

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    getting my new MBP today. big dilemma on whether to install all the apps from scratch (LR, CS4, FCut, etc with a bunch of plugins and libraries) or just do a time-machine restore? My old MBP is a unibody MBP

    what do u guys recommend?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I just restore. Don't have time to muck around with the dozens of registrations and updates.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just do Time Machine restore, much easier and I doubt you'd notice any difference anyway
     
  4. Carlos E macrumors 6502

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    Agreed
     
  5. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    I always reformat the drive and reinstall a bare copy of OSX without any of the add-ons. I prefer to do it this way as I like the feeling of having a fresh and clean install. I restore my files afterwards and reinstall my apps one by one.
     
  6. ozreth macrumors 65816

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    I am about to a do a restore from TM also. Should I do it when the OS is booting for the first time? Or boot into the OS completely and use some tool from there?

    I'll be using a usb external. Thanks : )
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just do it on first boot so you don't have to hassle with users (I once created a new one, then used Migration assistant and my username and home directory names were the same so I ended up doing a NEW clean install as homo directory can't be changed later on and it was like iausjfhfioer)
     
  8. ozreth macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately, it looks like the only option from the first boot is doing the migration assistant...which is what I am currently doing. Last time I did this it didnt transfer my iphoto, itunes, documents and a bunch of other stuff, it really only transferred my applications.

    Hopefully it works properly off of a fresh restore and doing it from the first start up.
     
  9. bestthereis27 macrumors member

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    I too am curious about this. I am going from a 15" macbook pro Santa Rosa from 2007/2008. Can I just restore from time machine to the new i5 machine? Or should I use migrate assistant?
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just transfer when it asks in the first boot that do you want to transfer any files from another Mac etc...
     
  11. Carlos E macrumors 6502

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    You can run migration assistant and migrate from a time machine backup.
     
  12. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure a clean reinstall is better in the long run but if you want to save time just go with TM. I did a full TM restore when I upgraded my HD and it's fine.
     
  13. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    I got my 15 today and I reinstalled the software and got rid of software that I don't use to get rid of space.
     

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