This is my first post...I was attempting to help a friend with my first-ever data transfer using Migration Assistant. Before I was expecting it to start copying (I was expecting it to allow me to name a transfer file on the target location), the transfer started! I suddenly panicked, thinking that all the data on my friend's target Mac might be overwritten! There was no "cancel" button - so all I could do was shut the lids on both MacBooks. At first, everything seemed fine. But when I tried to go back into the Power Saver panel to reset the energy saver on the target computer (instructions had told me to set it to "never"), it would not load the energy saver panel. The sending computer seemed fine in every way. All that was being transferred were files - no applications.

Did something in the OS get corrupted in this interruption? Thanks for any help!


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Unlikely. MA only transfer user files, apps, and any associated files those apps need to run (like Photoshop, which installs things into /Library, and not just your particular user's directory, although it does do that too).

If anything, the only thing you can break are the apps that are being migrated or fail to transfer some of your files (music, documents, etc.).

The Power Saver preference pane is located under /System/ and that is in no way modified by MA. Nothing under the "/System" directory is written to, and that is where the OS (and it's core files) are found (among other places, not openly visible to the end user).

It may be that the settings for Power Saver are corrupted (and those reside in the user's directory, specifically ~/Library/Preferences/).

The best solution, would be to boot using the recovery utility (or safe-mode) and delete the user's directory (e.g., /Users/{your username}) and start migration assistant again once you reboot normally (at which point OS X will take you through the registration process again). Obviously this would delete all the files from that user (music, movies, etc.) so make sure you have backups of everything.

Alternatively, you can log into OS X, create a new administrator account (but don't use your regular naming convention, call it Jonny Appleseed/john, for example) using the System Preference's Users & Groups, log out, and log back in using that new account, and then delete your old administrator account, then recreate it using the same steps you did with the currently logged in account. Once that is done, log out and back in with your newly recreated account, and delete the extra administrator account. This will ensure your new account is set up using the same naming convention your original account was set to (making things easier for MA).

Running MA after that, should transfer all the files over again cleanly without having to worry about somethings getting overwritten or not overwritten.

It is also of note that MA just copies over files and doesn't move them. So all the source files are still there and once you delete the user directory, it'll be a total fresh start.

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