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    setting up my new Mac?
    Well, my new 27" Mac arrived and I'm just setting it up.
    So far I haven't used Migration Assistant yet and am ambivalent about just moving everything over to the new Mac.
    I'd like to keep my machine clean and lean.

    Anyway, I have a few questions.

    I want to keep all my old email content. I have a lot of saved messages I want to keep. What is the best way to move that all over to the new Mac.
    I've tried this approach but, I don't see my email folders there:
    https://www.lifewire.com/transfer-ap...ew-mac-2260915

    Another question is how best to move my apps over? A few of them have security keys when I bought them (Turbotax, Office2011, Quicken, etc).


    Thx
    27" iMAC i5, 12G RAM
    1TB HDD

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    I felt the same way with my new Mac. I didn't use migration assistant either.
    Not sure about your email questions. For me that was quite infuriating. I had to manually get my emails in the rules folders from my laptop and put them on my new iMac.

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    The easiest way is to use the Migration Assistant. You can always remove what you don't want after migrating everything over to the new machine. I've been using the MA along with my Time Machine backups to migrate data to a new Mac many times and have never run into a problem. Of course that's up to you. Doing it the way you suggest will take longer and you may run into problems with serial numbers and activation. Getting your email to your new iMac will probably require some additional work.

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    I never have issue with my email providers, I made the folders on their servers, this way, they're always available, even if I use their web interface. And when I add the accounts, to any email app, the folders populate to my device.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    I think I'll try that Ferrarr.

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    I believe that will only work with an IMAP account not PoP3. Make sure your accounts are IMAP and then the folder structure you create on the server will show up on your Mac.

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