What comes over with a Time Machine restore?

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  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

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    Good morning or evening.

    I've got an older iMac I am selling in order to help finance the purchase of a new iMac.

    I've cleaned a substantial amount of "crud" off the old iMac and when I finish doing that, I plan to run a new, complete Time Machine backup onto an external hard drive. There are certain programs on the old iMac and their data I want to keep intact and reinstall on the new machine.

    So, here's my question. I start up the new iMac and set it up from the Time Machine so my "stuff" transfers over. I've done this before. But what comes over in addition to what I want?

    All the little files I wasn't able to remove from programs I deleted on the old machine? I don't want this...are they going to come over anyway?

    There doesn't seem to be a reasonable way to bring over just the programs I want, along with their settings and data, because the OS sets up files, including hidden files, everywhere on the hard drive in all sorts of folders, and I really have no way of knowing what is where.

    I wouldn't bother with this, but a number of my programs were downloads, and I'm not even sure I still have all the install packages, set up data, usernames, passwords, serials, et cetera.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Just use /Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant.app and gave it transfer you pictures, music and serial numbers to programs. Whatever you do don't transfer Network Settings because between every new version of OS X the underlining network stack changes slightly.

    Plus IMHO get the new version of software on the new version of OS X needs updating in many cases.
     
  3. hakr100 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I guess my question is what comes over with Migration Assistant? Let's say I have properly uninstalled a program but the uninstall still leaves behind various files in plists or libraries. Will Migration Assistant move those old, unneeded files onto the new machine?
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Yes. It worked for me that way when I got a new Drive and did a Fresh install on it.
     
  5. hakr100 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it left the old un-need stuff where it was, or yes, it moved all the old, unneeded stuff over to the fresh install?
     
  6. satcomer macrumors 603

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    The movement window let me select what to bring over. I used that to move, saved email, documents, picture and some Applications that next immediately update that program for 10.9.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes it will.
     

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