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?


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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