My 2012 iMac needs replacing and I want to simplify and clean up Duplicates, as well as continuing Error messages. Do I need to Format my new 1T G-Tech SSD before copying selected image and document files? I was hoping to copy them onto new iMac rather than use the Migration Assistant Software. My logic is that I don’t want to inherit issues, making a new start. I will then Erase the new SSD and establish it for my Time Machine Back-ups. I do have the Apple Time machine connected over WiFi but as it is no longer supported by Apple, I am trying to cover all options of reliable External Drives.
migrate time machine, the old machine is probably so far past its best before…
migration assistant is handy
- Open Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then click Continue.
- When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk. Then click Continue.
As I stated in my Post, I am reluctant just to use Migration assistant due to the number of Error Login/Keychain Bug messages I am receiving, so therefore wanting to almost start from scratch avoiding File corruption, tidying my Filing and any Duplicates.
Whilst with the new iMac, I will then have full benefit of Apple Support for two years, I was hoping just to copy important Image/Video files as well as certain Documents. I will even Stop using Adobe Creative Cloud (Ending my account for Lightroom/Photoshop) as I am simplifying my retirement.
I was therefore asking if after the Files have successfully Copied, should I then Erase and re-Format the SSD in order to establish this Drive as a ‘Mac only’ Time Machine Back-up Drive? No doubt my Apple Wifi Time Capsule is about to expire!?