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Mini 06'->MBPr: more optimal to start with clean slate or using migration tool okay?

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Recently got a MBPr 15", used the migration tool to migrate pretty much everything from my old volume, which was a ext. HDD (fw400) connected to my Mac Mini Intel Core Duo (circa Mar 2006 IIRC).

My mini was upgraded to the latest possible version of OSX that Mac's of that era are allowed to be updated to, not 100% sure of version, 10.6.8 IIRC?

When I did the migration, it created a 2nd login acct rather migrate everything to the existing acct, apparently this was necessary because the existing login acct name used, was exactly the same as the one I'd used for the old acct on my Mac Mini.




Thinking it might be best to totally reformat, do a fresh install, and than just manually move across stuff from my old volume that I want in the new env.

Thoughts on this, is it absolutely unnecessary or are there some inherently good things about taking that approach, please can you elaborate?


Also, why are we not given a DVD or USB flash drive of Mountain Lion for free with our purchase?

In Macs I've bought in the past, I've always been given a physical copy of the entire GM build of the OS.

Can we claim a free copy or a discounted version from Apple somewhere?


Also, recommendations of excellent backup/imaging sw (beyond the stock offerings) is appreciated, once upon a time I heavily researched that sort of stuff, two that still come to mind are CCC* & SuperDuper.



*I see it's now no longer free, bummer, oh well.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)

    If you're not having any problems with the migration (save for the account info, which you apparently fixed) I'd just leave things as is. I'm sure that you knew that non of your PPC-only apps would work with your new machine, so I'm assuming that you've either trashed or updated them?


    No physical media for OS X has been shipped since Lion once shipped on a flash drive. Apple just relies on you to maintain Internet access if you need to erase/reinstall Mountain Lion. You should be able to download the "Install OS Mountain" from the App Store for free. Once it completes the download, it will open to begin installation. Quit the installer and you'll find the file in your Applications folder. Then you can use Lion DiskMaker (also works with Mountain Lion) to make a USB thumb drive 'recovery' drive and/or a dual-layer DVD (but I'm assuming that you don't have an optical drive - you'll just need a 8GB+ USB thumb drive or two).


    As for backup - I use two schemes; I have two Time Machine 2TB external drives and three clone drives in USB enclosures. I maintain one clone as a 'release' clone and use the other two for testing new OS X software releases. With 5 backups in place, it's unlikely that all would fail at the same time. I do use Carbon Copy Cloner and, for me, it's worth every penny of the $40 that I paid. I use it daily and it provides a great deal of assurance that I'll lose very little, if any, data at any one time.



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)

    If you want, I think it's best to start with a 'clean slate' so if you don't mind going through the Internet Recovery method (hold down teh Command, option and R keys whilst booting) that may be best. Then install the applications that you actually use and just transfer over you documents. Pretty simple and not a bad idea on a new machine.


    No, Apple stopped selling the Lion USB thumb drive and never sold Mountain Lion on any type of media. Lion DiskMaker puts together a Mountain Lion reinstallation disk - pretty much like we had in the 'old' days!


    Good luck with your clean machine - might take some time to get everything where you want it but it will likely be worth the effort.


    Good luck, again,




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