I don't think you'll need to wipe the disk. Trashing the Finder's preference file should do:
- In Finder, click on Go in the menu bar, press and hold the Option key to see and click on Library.
- Navigate to ~/Library/Preferences and find the file com.apple.finder.plist
- Trash it, and relaunch the Finder via Force Quit under the Apple in the menu bar.
You can do so after you restored/migrated your data, and it should be good then. Test and verify?
If so, all following backups should also be "clean".
Trashing the prefs should reset all Finder prefs including view settings. You will then have all the usual features and options to set it again to your likings or needs - within the Finder's capabilities defined by Apple. If the latter are appearing like "trouble" for you, then trashing the prefs won't "fix" anything, of course.
Admittedly, Finder's View options and limitations aren't everyone's cup of tea...