Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant.
I recently moved from a MacBook to a MacBook Pro and, at the time, used Migration Assistant to copy over the files and settings.
The thing is, I had a couple quirky issues I was experiencing with the MacBook—issues that I thought might be taken care of by the move to the new machine. But it looks like whatever was giving me the quirks on the old MacBook travelled over to the new machine via the Migration.
So, now I'm planning on re-installing from the MacBook Pro’s install DVD and then copying over ("by hand")/reinstalling all of the various non-installed 3rd party apps and documents.
The only thing is, I don't want to lose things like
• the settings and photos in iPhoto
• the settings and thousands of emails in Mail
• the addresses in Address Book
• my calendar events in iCal
• the subscribed Podcasts in iTunes
(although I could just write them down and re-subscribe I suppose)
Apple has this page
which seems to tell me about backing up iCal, Address Book, Safari bookmarks, and Mail...
...but for iPhoto, what all do I need to be sure to move?
(Also, I know I'll have to move over some things to ~/Library/Application Support for some of the 3rd-party apps like MSWord, and various preference files so that 3rd-party apps remember they're registered)
Is iTunes smart enough that if I drag any already-downloaded podcast files into iTunes, do a Command-I and select Options>Media Kind>Podcast, iTunes will pop them back into their correct Podcast area? (ex:
would go into Kevin Pollak Chat Show
I guess I just don't want to forget anything—(especially as the file-copying will take hours)—has anyone else done this? Am I forgetting anything?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!