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    migrating to lion using an external hard drive
    I have a late 2009 imac and a 1 TB external hard drive currently being used for time machine. I want to do a clean install of Lion, but I want to save my important files.

    Since I don't need anything stored in time machine, I was thinking of cloning my internal hard drive onto the external drive, clean installing lion, and manually picking the stuff I really need from the cloned drive. Once I have everything I need from the external drive, I would convert it back to time machine.

    Will this work? and what is the best way to copy my files to the external drive? Should I just burn the whole thing using disk utility, or should I manually pick what I want to transfer?

    Thanks!

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    yes, I already read that. It┤s about migrating from one machine running SL to a new one running lion. It explicitly says nothing about doing so on a single machine.

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    schweb that link comes up as an Invalid Thread specified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecg■eow View Post
    yes, I already read that. It┤s about migrating from one machine running SL to a new one running lion. It explicitly says nothing about doing so on a single machine.
    actually that wasn't what it was about. It was one guy and one machine.

    Read it again:
    Yes to Lion, no to cruft: get a clean start with manual Mac migration
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