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Hi everyone,
I just purchased a new iMac and hopefully should be getting it sometime this week. I currently have an older iMac from 2005 running OSX 10.5.8. I will want to use Setup assistant to transfer files, setting, etc... from the old computer to the new computer. I'm wondering what is my best way to do so? I have an external drive that I use for Time Machine backups of my computer. Is it better to transfer files connecting the external drive to the new computer and transfering the files from the Time Machine Backup file? Or should I connect my older computer to the new one and transfer files from the old computer to the new one? Is either way quicker than the other? When I transfer files, will all my keychain passwords transfer as well? Any other tips or information you can give me?
Thanks in advance!
Steve

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Hi
I am also about to do this, as soon as it arrives.
I have tried to declutter my old imac as much as I can, I've got rid of a lot of junk, and am planning on rebuilding my aperture and iphoto library as there were a lot of missing masters etc.
My music folder was a mess so I've deleted everything and will redownload from itunes match to the new machine.
So I'll be transferring user accounts, apps, some files, my photo's and some movies, so there is about 190gb of content, but my hdd shows 230gb used.
This is mainly my current account has a library that is >30gb. is there any way i can reduce this or de-kruft it prior to transfer? I dont want to end up moving obsolete caches or backups or software updates over to the new machine.
Does migration assistant act selectively, or just copy the whole folder?
Thanks for any advice or guidance.

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