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It depends on the vintage of machines you’re migrating from and to. If the new Mac can run the same operating system as the old one, we’d lean towards using SuperDuper ( or Carbon Copy Cloner ( However, if you can’t run the same version of macOS/OS X on both computers, a clone won’t work: it can’t boot on the new machine, and you need to pick Time Machine or Migration Assistant. If you want to use a cloning tool, follow these steps:

• In SuperDuper or CCC, make a full clone of your

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current computer, either as a disk image or as a mountable volume. Either way, you’ll need to be able to access this clone on the new machine Start the new computer using macOS Recovery ( hold down Cmd+R during startup until you see a macOS Utilities screen Select Disk Utility Select the internal drive or boot partition in the list at left Click the Restore button From the Restore From popup menu, select your clone. If it’s a disk image, click the Image button to find it on a mounted drive Click Restore and be prepared to wait a long while When the restoration is complete, exit Disk Utility and select Cmd > Startup Disk Select the drive to which you restored your clone, and then click Restart

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