moving programs and favorites to new hard drive

have new hard drive to install in old mac book pro.I wanted a fresh start so i dont care about 99% of the junk on the old drive.I just want to save my favorites and a few programs .Can i just put them on a cd and install them into the updated computer.As far as the progams i want to save,I dont have the serial #s . Please Help

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No serial numbers, that's going to be a problem

as for the favorites, no problem there.

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That sounds great but....

Hi thanks for your response.One question; what is the MBP and where do i find the application support folder?
thanks ,Rich

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MBP = MacBook Pro

Application support folder is inside your Home folder > Library
you will also find the Preferences folder there too.


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Not to disagree...

I would probably still use TimeMachine, not because your method won't work, but there's allot of hidden files that the normal person could miss on restore.

If your going that route though, I would definitely download TinkerTool after the new install: There's an option in there to show hidden files, look in the /Users/'username"/ directory for any .program_name files that you might need.

If you know your way around a command line, then it's just "defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE" and restart finder.

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Although the Time Machine route would be the ideal way to go

I suspect that by using the term "old MacBook Pro" that the user has a machine that is not capable of running Time Machine.
I could be wrong though.

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