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I have recently bought a new MacBook and would like to reformat my old MacBook and give it to my girlfriend. I have been regularly backing up my old MacBook using Time Machine. My aim is to start afresh with my new MacBook but still have access to my old data.

Is a Time Machine backup sufficient to do this? Or are there any other steps that I need to take before reinstalling OSX?

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Yes, the Migration Assistant will allow you to move data from your Time Machine backup (or even, your old Mac) to your new Mac.

After you've done that, reinstall OS X on your old Mac. Done.

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