Peruse Pondini's Setup New Mac guide and consider copying the extra stuff on the new machine to another disk, wiping the machine, reinstalling Snow Leopard, and on first boot using the Setup Assistant to do the migration. Simplest way for the new machine to act like the old one, retaining all of the old one's current settings, users, and passwords. Once that's done, copy the moved stuff back.
Thanks. When you say 'copy the extra stuff on the new machine to another disk' - that is the only stalling point for me. If it's stuff that is in, say, the User "Pictures" folder, for example... is that going to be able to be dragged'
n'dropped back onto the machine with the fresh Snow Leopard reinstall....or might i run into some sorts of permissions issues in trying to do that? I've never used Time Machine but wonder whether, if i run a backup using that on the machine that i'd be wiping - would i then be able to more easily restore certain contents that way...? I go back to the era of OS 8/9 when i didn't have to be concerned with Permissions and such, so it was much easier and simpler to do something like this in that environment. The 'extra stuff' i want to save would be items like documents and photos - but they're spread across the entire spectrum...some in "Documents" - others simply in the Desktop... some in Iphoto library or Itunes library... I hate to wipe this machine without being sure i can easily copy this moved stuff back without running into some weird Permissions issue that might prevent me from reading/opening them after (assuming i can copy them back) putting them back on the new Snow Leopard-installed disk. Hope this question makes sense. Been burned before by this hierarchial business and am wary....
There could be an issue with permissions, but you'd have the same thing with a TM backup. You can always correct the permissions later. Just put everything you want to save into a separate folder, copy it to the other location, and after reinstalling SL and migrating, then just copy it back to your user (home) folder. Changing the content's permissions is a simple process once that's finished.