HT4889 Is it possible to use the migration assistant to transfer only some documents and data? For example, I was to transfer my music, but not my word documents. There doesn't seem to be any options to customise what you are transferring - its all or not

Is it possible to use the migration assistant to transfer only some documents and data? For example, I was to transfer my music, but not my word documents. There doesn't seem to be any options to customise what you are transferring - its all or nothing

LBraidwood wrote:
Is it possible to use the migration assistant to transfer only some documents and data? For example, I was to transfer my music, but not my word documents. There doesn't seem to be any options to customise what you are transferring - its all or nothing
Yes, that's why I recommend one have more than TimeMachine as a backup because if certain files or folders are corrupted on the TM drive, your not logging into your migrated user account or not be able to transfer it what so ever.
Then it's a REAL PAIN and costs $99 to bit read the TM drive to get the files out, then it's mess to go through and sort all the empty placeholders from the real files as TM doesn't save duplicates in each state, just uses the previous state's copy if there are no changes.
If you create the same named user account on the new machine, and simply transfer files via a USB thumb drive and place say music contents into the Music folder, then it will work too.
Look into making clones of your boot drive, the benefit here is it's bootable, you can access the drive directly to pick and choose files, run the computer just like before etc.
Most commonly used backup methods explained

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