I’m going to buy one of the new MacBook Pros to replace my first-generation machine. Migration Assistant will be a major player in the move. What to migrate? Obviously I want 95% of my applications. Obviously I want my Documents and Web Receipts folders. Obviously I want my music library and Aperture library. But I have no idea about preventing the “ghosts and goblins” that have accumulated in the old machine over the years from coming over. For example, my quirky System Preferences which lock up the first time I access them but work fine after a Force Quit. For example, the no doubt many things that are slowing down my computer due to ill advised installations and processes I’ve performed.
What is an “ideal migration” and what are the strategies to prevent the bad coming with the good?
— John Russell