Migrating user data between computers

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Why is Git not found after installing OS X Lion?

I just upgraded to OS X Lion and now cannot initialize Git where it used to work fine: $ git add . -bash: git: command not found I'm new to Git and to programming, so I'm sure it's a quick fix, ...
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How can I move an iTunes library from one computer to another?

I'm getting a new laptop and I want to move my iTunes library from the old to the new computer. How can I do this? Of course I want to preserve as much information as possible: metadata such as ...
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What is the best way to clone a disk between two Macs?

What is the best way to clone a disk between two Macs? I ask this every couple years or so and every time I get the same answer. "Use Carbon Copy Cloner", they say. But the unfortunate fact is that ...
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What's the fastest connection speed / shortest elapsed time using Migration Assistant?

When using Migration Assistant to move users, files, and folders from an old Mac to a new one, you have a few different choices, depending on the Macs involved. Presuming that both Macs have ...
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How do I transfer music ratings from one computer to another

I have two iTunes libraries, a complete one on my home computer and a partial one on my work computer. All of the songs on my work computer have ratings. How can I transfer the ratings from the work ...
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What are the main difficulties people face migrating from Linux to Mac OS?

Coming from a Linux background what are the main difficulties I will face if I start to work on iMac? I use to work on Linux with consoles and I know I have a huge apps repository (synaptics) for ...
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What is the best way to move Microsoft Office 2011 to a new Mac?

I've purchased Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Office 2011 (single computer), and have installed and activated on my current Mac. Given that I've already activated the software for my current ...
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New MacBook Pro: Migration Assistant or Time Capsule?

I'm in the process of buying a new MacBook Pro. My actual notebook is a MacBook Pro Core Duo which dates back to July 2006. My actual operating system is Snow Leopard, and I have a Time Capsule unit ...
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Eudora email migration

When Lion comes out, PPC Rosetta support for the Eudora email app is reported not to be available. Which contemporary Mac OS X email clients might support the most painless and reliable importing and ...
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How do I migrate an expired Mobile Me account to iCloud?

I had a Mobile Me account which expired before iCloud was announced. I want to migrate this account to iCloud rather than signing up for a new iCloud account with a different email address. Is this ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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Should I use time machine to migrate from one mac to another?

I have had my blackbook for a little over 4 years now and think it's time to upgrade to a new macbook pro. I'm currently running leopard on the blackbook with time machine. I'm wondering if time ...
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Migrating to new iMac, what does Migration Assistant actually migrate?

I've got a new iMac (Santa must have thought I was a good boy this year) and I want to move data from my 3 year old MacBook (Intel, running Snow Leopard). I realise I have a few options for this, but ...
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Migration Tool VS CCC

I have a 2010 Mac Pro. Still running Snow Leo, as there are still quite a few programs that are PPC and I'm not prepared to update all of them. My current boot drive is 1.5TB and I'd like to swap it ...
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How to keep my iTunes (app) library after reinstalling Windows?

I have an iPhone 4 and I'm a windows 7 user; I have the latest iTunes installed on my PC and synchronized with my iPhone; I don't have any music or video in there, as I don't use the iPhone for that ...
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SSD upgrade and Lion

I have Lion installed in my system (macbook pro 17 mid 2010). I have also created a Lion DVD using a guide I've found while surfing the Internet. Tomorrow I will receive a ocz agility 3 240gb ssd ...
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How can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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Is there a complete and detailed description of what Migration Assistant copies over?

Does it copy all files in ~/Library ? Including cache files and even things like Flash cookies? What about user created files/folders in / ? etc etc
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How to migrate my Mac OS X application and data from MacBook Pro to Mac Mini?

At my job I have just switched from Windows to a Mac. I already have a MacBook Pro with all the tools for software development set up. I would like to skip the painful setup process at my work ...
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Transfer disk image from one MacBook Air to another

I'd like to migrate into a new MacBook Air I bought this week, from the previous version of MacBook Air. SSD size is the same. Can I somehow image my older SSD and "move" it to the new SSD?
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Is it possible to clone the operating system to a different machine?

I have spent a lot of time setting up a speech recognition profile which would be a pain to do all over again. I have configured this on a Mac mini. Suppose I now wish to buy a MacBook Air. Would it ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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Migrate from OS X 10.9 back to 10.8.5

I made the mistake of thinking OS X 10.9 Mavericks was an improvement over 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and my system now is slugish, applications constantly crash, and it's generally horrible. I would like ...
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Migration and drivers or kext programs?

I recently purchased a new iMac. I used the Migration Assistant to migrate users and applications from my previous iMac to this one. Both are x86 based, and both running Snow Leopard, so as close as ...
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How can I migrate data when Migration Assistant doesn't recognize Time Machine external drive?

I'm trying to migrate my files from my time machine backup (external drive 500 Gb) to my MacBook Pro with Lion 10.7.1. It has almost empty brand new internal hard drive 500 Gb. I can see the external ...
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Transferring Mail data from one MBP to an other

I try to transfer my mails, preferences and all settings from one Mac to an other. Both are using the most recent Mavericks OS X. I copied the ~/Library/Mail directory from the old one, as well as ...
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How to Sync MacOS Applications + Preferences across multiple Macs without OS X Server?

Will the following work? If not, can someone propose better alternaives to solve this problem? Summary problem: I want to sync multiple MacBook Air's, Pro's and possibly Mini's with the same ...
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Recovering all my old settings, apps etc … from removed hard drive

I recently had the hard drive replaced (by apple) in my iMac (Snow Leopard). I still have the removed hard drive, which obviously has all my old data etc ... on it. I did not create a time machine ...
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How can I get my laptop's existing system onto a new replacement drive?

I'm planning to swap out my early 2011 MBP's drive for a larger capacity one. I'm running Mac OS 10.7.5. I have available a 1 TB external USB-connected drive that I'm using for Time Machine backups. ...
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Migrate data from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4s

I have a Verizon iPhone 4. What the easiest way to migrate my data & settings from the iPhone 4 to a new Verizon iPhone 4s [I'm expecting one in a few days]? I want my new iPhone 4s to be just ...
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How can I transfer data from a G5 iMac to an i7 iMac?

Today's my mother's birthday, and hey gift is a new iMac. Her older iMac has a G5 processor, and is thus stuck on Leopard. She also has an older version of iLife. What will be the best way to ...
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What exactly does the Mountain Lion Migration Assistant transfer?

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Pro, but I am likely getting a new one soon. I have lots of applications and documents. I understand that Migration Assistant can transfer my documents and applications. Will ...
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Import iCal data from other mac

I need to consolidate two iCal installations: the data from my old laptop should be merged into my new laptop’s iCal data. I tried exporting the old iCal data and importing it on the new laptop. ...
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Git missing after OSX migration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is Git not found after installing OS X Lion? I've recently migrated from an old mac pro with leopard to a new mac pro with snow leopard, everything seems to have ...
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How do I fully relocate my user's home directory to another disk?

I installed Lion on a new disk today and let the migration assistant move users, applications and stuff from my internal disk to the SSD connected via FW800. So far everything works great. Because I ...
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Migrating from one computer to another

The screen on my daughter's iMac went partially bad and so I just bought her an interim Mac (basically the same model that she had before). I'm in the process of trying to do the migration from the ...
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Moving from Snow Leopard directly to Mountain Lion with Time Machine

First time I've asked a question here but I've used Stack Exchange for answers to many many OSX questions so, first off, great big thanks for that. I searched the archives but didn't find an answer ...
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Can you make iTunes forget a device?

After migrating from one computer to another, my iPhone now automatically appears under the devices list in iTunes on both my old and new Macs. I don't want to accidentally sync my iPhone with my old ...
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Renaming “A's MacBook” to “C's MacBook”

I see that my Mac is called "A's MacBook" on the network. How do I rename it (i.e., change the hostname) to "C's MacBook"? That's the question. Here are the details: Having read various suggestions ...
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Manually move iCal into Lion

How can I import iCal event into Lion from either an iPhone or Snow Leopard? I have a Time Machine backup from Snow Leopard, and an iPhone, each with up-to-date iCal calendars. I have a clean Lion ...
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Best approach to backup and migrate Boot Camp

I have a boot camp install which I also use from VMware fusion (for when I can't be bothered to reboot!) and I need to migrate from MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro. Obviously time machine makes ...
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Migration Assistant moved files to inaccesible new account, how to get to my old files?

I just got a Mac after many years on a PC. Migration Assistant did not work when I was setting up the computer, so I ran it a few minutes later instead. However, it seems it transferred all my files ...
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How do I move all my account settings from an old Apple TV to a new one?

I have an old Apple TV ("2nd generation") and have just purchased a new one as a replacement. How do I move all my settings from the old one to the new one?
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Migrating from Time Machine without Migration Assistant

I want to change my mid-2010 iMac with the latest iMac of my parents. Because we both use Time Machine, well, the easiest way would be to restore both of them from the backups. However, there is a bug ...
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How to replace hard drive without reinstalling the whole system?

I recently purchased a 1TB solid state hard drive Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE1T0BW. I hope I won't need to manually ...
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In Terminal, where it displays XXX@YYY , what is XXX and what is YYY?

I transferred a backup to a new mac. However the names got changed, and one has a -2 added to it. Now my terminal reads name@name-2 -$. In Finder it appears like so: `name (2)` `HardDriveName` ...
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Migration assistant question

New Macbook Pro here. I am about to use the Migration assistant to copy over my old files from my old first-gen macbook. Will I have to reinstall macports manually or will migration assistant copy my ...
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Terminal shows hostname from old machine, not new machine

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm ...
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SSH to localhost on OS X Mountain Lion fails with invalid password (after reinstall & migration)

After reinstalling OS X, then migrating my account over via Time Machine, I cannot ssh to localhost. It asks me for a password, but doesn't take my actual user's password. I tried setting up a ...
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How do I copy a user profile between Macs?

I have an Mac Pro running Lion, my wife has a Macbook Air also running Lion. We have the same apps installed. I want to steal my wife's Macbook while I'm out of town on business. To do so, I'll ...