I’m upgrading my Mac from a fusion drive to an SSD and am also thinking of upgrading from Catalina to Big Sur. I’m looking for input on the best way to do a nuke and pave. I have a Super Duper clone of my HD and a Time Machine backup. My previous way of nuke & pave seems inefficient. It takes me several hours , if not days to get everything back the way it was. My inefficient nuke/pave method is as follows -
- Nuke the HD
- Do a fresh install of the OS
- Copy user directory from clone
- copy/install individual apps
- install home brew apps
- Install python packages
I keep the clone around for several days in case I forget to copy something that I may need later.