How do I transfer everything from my 2006 macbook pro to an external hard drive?

I am selling my Macbook Pro 2006 to upgrade.   I want to clear all info off my computer.  First, I want to move all info to an external hard drive.  Is this possible?  I recall that there is a way to move info form mac to mac by hitting alt A?  Would this work for tranfer to the external drive?

No, here's what you want to do:
Clone using Restore Option of Disk Utility
  1. Open Disk Utility in the Utilities folder.
  2. Select the destination volume from the left side list.
  3. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.
  4. Select the destination volume from the left side list and drag
       it to the Destination entry field.
  5. Select the source volume from the left side list and drag it to
      the Source entry field.
  6. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.
Destination means the external backup drive. Source means the internal startup drive.
This process will first erase the external drive. The result is a bootable backup on the external drive.

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