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Questions tagged [migration]

Migrating user data between computers

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Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Migration unexpectedly quit. Please try again later.”

Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Migration unexpectedly quit. Please try again later.” Source of backup: iMac 24" mid-2007 macOS El Capitan 10.11.6 Backup drive: ...
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macOS High Sierra, Messages won't search at all

I just got a new 2018 Macbook Pro, so I'm in the process of migrating from my 2013 MBP to the new one. I don't trust the Migration Assistant due to numerous bad past experiences, so I do this kind of ...
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Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information “Some files… could not be transferred”

Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Some files... could not be transferred" Source system: Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Backup drive: QNAP NAS ...
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Apple Mail won't login after Migration Assistant transfer

I recently used Migration Assistant to bring data to a new Mac Mini from a Time Machine backup on my old Mac. After finishing, I am unable to connect to my mail account as it gives the error "unable ...
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Why Migration Assistant does not migrate browser cookies?

If Migration Assistant migrates the entire hard disk content, it should include the browser cookies as well. But my new machine did not have cookies; I was signed out of all web applications. Why is ...
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Move macos user home folders on external drive

I got a shiny new Mac Mini but couldn't afford a 1TB internal SSD to hold all my stuff, so I'm testing ways to leverage an external disk for user storage. I know I can point Photos and iTunes to ...
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Migration assistant does not find other MacBook in same Wifi

I'm trying to migrate everything from my 2011 MacBook Pro to my 2015 MacBook Pro. Both are running High Sierra. The Macs are both connected to the same Wifi, are connected to AC power and have all ...
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What does the migration of an iPhone do vs just restoring from backup?

When setting up a new iPhone, the first step is that it detects if there is an old one in range and allows you to scan it, then, it seems to transfer some settings. Straight after, it will ask if you ...
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How can I migrate Google Fit activity data to Apple Health?

Is there a first-party way of doing this? I exported all my data from Google using the Google Takeout interface, but this produced a zip file, which iOS cannot open. I also cannot install Google Fit ...
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Office 2016 activation issue after migration to a new computer

After migrating to a new computer when trying to active Office 2016 I'm getting the following error message: Another account from the same organization is already signed in. To switch accounts, ...
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Migrating data from old Mac to new

Potentially moving from a 2010 iMac with a 1TB drive to a 2015 with a 512GB SSD Drive. Even after I clean out some cruft, it'll be pretty tight, if I make it at all. Do I have to do this manually, ...
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Downgrade macOS 10.14 to 10.13 using Migration Assistant

I am currently running the macOS 10.14 beta on my Macbook and I wish to downgrade to High Sierra (10.13). I do have time machine backups from when I was still on 10.13, but I want to keep all my ...
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Some homebrew formulas broken after migration

I've migrated from an old MacBook Pro to a new one, using Apple's Migration assistant. Some home-brew formulas migrated with no problem, whereas others got broken at the library reference level. ...
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How to transition from macOS Server deprecated services to the open source alternatives?

According to Apple's recent statement, many of the current feature of macOS will be removed in future versions of macOS Server. Apple offers alternative software and programs to use instead of the ...
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How to migrate to a new Mac, including SSH keys and dotfiles?

I have an up-to-date 2018 MacBook Pro that I am replacing with a different 2018 MacBook Pro. I'd like to migrate all the content from the first one to the new one, including the SSH keys, all the ...
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How to move my OmniFocus data from old Mac to new Mac?

How can I move my data entered into OmniFocus 2.12 on macOS from my old computer (or hard drive) to my new computer (or hard drive)? Should I just locate and move a data file? If so, where is that ...
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Migrate content of Notes App from 10.11 machine to new 10.13 machine

I need to get all my notes from my old machine (10.11) to my new machine (10.13) and I was thinking that it would be super easy by copying over a few folders but unfortunately, that doesn't really ...
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What's a good setup to back up macOS data and restore to Linux?

Background I have an old MBP which works fine right now. I have no immediate plans to change it. But it is getting old, the discrete GPU died, and I expect it could die at any time. I would like ...
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HTTP requests stuck on ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED, solved but with username issue

This is related to the OSX/Pirrit thread from here. After two days of debugging and visiting Apple stores, I eventually erased all data on the disk and migrated my files later with Migration Assistant....
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Does copying a migrated iPhotos library use extra space, given that iPhotos and Photos Libraries are hardlinked?

If I have migrated an iPhoto Library to Photos (on an external disk, so independent of the computer with the apps), and then make a copy of the iPhotos Library, will I be using additional disk space? ...
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How does one transfer old apps from one Mac to a new Mac?

I have some app on my old iMac (Dasiy Disk, MS Word, etc) that I want to install on a new MacBook Pro. What is the best way to do that? I tried taking some of the apps and saving copies in Dropbox ...
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How to install and migrate to High Sierra on an encrypted FS?

[ I am in the process of migrating an old MacBook Pro to a new one. ] I made a complete 8 GB USB "Install macOS High Sierra". I checked it (Disk Utility) from my running old MacBook Pro. I booted ...
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How to inherit sparsebundle on macOS Server Time Machine service?

I am using macOS Server's Time Machine service to centralize backups for my mac workstations/laptops. One of the laptops hasn't been backed-up since upgrading to a new MacBook Pro (using Migration ...
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Why is Migration assistant estimatimating my applications to be almost 10 times bigger than they are?

On my the MacBook I want to migrate from the applications folder is just 8 gigs. But when I run migration assistant it estimates the folder to be more than 71 gigs. What am I doing wrong? What am I ...
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Can't use Migration Assistant. Need an update?

I have had issues with my macbook pro due. My fault. I backed it up, and decided to do a fresh copy of the MacOS. I had so many issues with that. Recovery didn't work. It froze. Repeatedly. Did ...
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Apple Mail to Windows Outlook Migration

I am stuck in a situation here. I am migrating my email database from Apple Mail to Windows Outlook. Plenty of my emails were on the online web mail that were automatically downloaded when I signed in ...
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How to delete MacPorts user after using the Migration Assistant

My 2012 MacBook Air (11", i7 2GHz 8GB RAM) crashed and I had to erase the SSD and re-install macOS High Sierra with the Internet Recovery Mode tools. Once I had the working OS, I used the Migration ...
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Is Migration Assistant worth the bother?

I just got a new MBP and I just tried using Migration Assistant. I didn't do this when I first turned the machine on as I (rightly) expected that it would be very lengthy. Really all that I want to ...
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How do I migrate my wife's iCloud from her paid storage to our family storage?

I've set up Family sharing, and have 2TB of storage (the current maximum). I also pay for my wife's 50GB of storage. I want to migrate that over to use the new 200GB i've allocated to her out of my ...
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File and directory permissions while migrating a Mac using Target Disk Mode

I am getting a replacement Mac today and I am concerned about the reliability of the Migration Assistant in High Sierra. Both times I've used High Sierra's Migration Assistant there have been timeouts ...
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Using Migration Asst, have gone from Mac 1 to Mac 2, but now Mac 2 back to Mac 1?

I had to send MacBook Pro #1 out for repair and used Migration Assistant to temporarily work on a loaner (MacBook Pro #2). Now #1 is back. Do I: Use M.A. to go from #2 to #1, hoping it magically ...
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When restoring disk in DiskUtility.app, showing error “the volume on device dev disk2(source volume) is not of type Apple_HFS or Apple_UFS”

I got a new MacBook and now I’m trying to make an exact copy(clone) of my old Mac to the new Mac. Tried migration assistant, but I found it not reliable since there are still a lot of settings in my ...
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Issue with Move to iOS android app to migrate to iphone

I'm trying to migrate some data from an old Samsung phone running Android 4 to an iPhone 5s running iOS11. The issue I'm stuck with is that when I setup the iphone and select move data from android, ...
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MacBookPro Migration - All File Corrupted and actually they are not

I switched from an older MacBook Pro to a newer unit. It runs macOS High Sierra V10.13. All files were migrated using the Migration Assistance app. Within one night all files and software were ...
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What's the easiest way to selectively copy applications and their settings to another machine?

I'm looking for something like Migration Assistant, but which will let me choose which apps I want to copy/transfer. I want to transfer some apps and their settings/preferences from one machine to ...
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Reformatted Hard Drive & Transferring Over User Data and Apps

I tried to upgrade to High Siera but it crashed in the middle and totally messed up my Mac. I tried everything under the sun to fix it, be it Tech Tool, Drive Genius, Disk Warrior. Disj Utilities. ...
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What is the technology used in iOS 11 settings migration (moving blue dots / particles pattern / animated QR code?)

During the setup of a new iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus / iPhone X, there is a step for migrating the settings from another iOS 11 device. On the old device, it says: Set Up New iPhone Use your ...
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Reinstalling macOS but not option of “Restoring from Time Machine backup” shown

I am struggling to restore my system from a MacBook Pro of one generation to a more new one. What I have tried: I restart the system in recover mode: "cmd + r" I choose the proper backup version ...
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Office 2016 does not work with MathType: Migration of Word documents with MathType equations

As you may already know, the combination of Microsoft Office 2016 and MathType does not work on macOS. Design Science announced support of that combination, but that was early 2016. I have lots of ...
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Migration assistant destroyed battery life

I got a new computer from work: Macbook Pro 2015. Opened it up and the expected battery life read 14 hours. Used Migration Assistant to upload my old computer, a 2013 Macbook Air. Migration worked ...
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Reuse Time Machine backup drive after migration to new machine - revisited

The answer by tubedogg to question Reuse Time Machine backup drive after migration to new machine described a procedure to do this. It didn't address this issue: JT-imac:/Users/jt>> sudo ...
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Permissions/ownership issues with MacPorts mysql55 after migration to a new Mac

After a migration to a new mac, I cannot access MacPorts mysql anymore. It's running mysql55, and I get the error: **ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/opt/local/...
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From Hackintosh to Macintosh

Ok. So I recently got a Mac Pro (older version) from a very generous person. It rocks. All this time, I've had to use a crappy computer that I've run macOS on, that wasn't meant to run macOS. It was ...
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Move 1Password vault from old Mac to new Mac?

I did a clean install with a new hard drive in my MacBook, with old drive externally connected. How do I move my 1Password vault from the old drive to the new drive? Is there a single file I can ...
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Switching Time Machine to a new iMac

I used Time Machine to restore the hard drive of the old MacBook to my new iMac. I now have what seemed to be two back up files with the same name except the new one ends with the number 2. This ...
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Migrating from time machine backup on a Time capsule

Had an Macbook Air that would not boot and needed the drive formatted and OS X reinstalled. I'm now trying to migrate the data from a time machine backup on a time capsule using migration assistant. ...
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How to read passwords and notes from keychain on non-apple OS?

I see one solution — install macOS on virtual machine and do the job in it, but installing macOS in a VM is a huge PITA, even if I find where to download the os distribution. So I am asking for better ...
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Fastest way to migrate data from Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro to 2009 Mac Pro

I'd like to use Migration Assistant to migrate data from a Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro to a 2009 Mac Pro. The only connection options I see possibly working are gigabit ethernet or USB. I'm not sure if ...
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Is migrating using a Time Machine backup the same as using the old Mac in target disk mode?

If I migrate to a new Mac using Migration Assistant, when it prompts about connecting a source disk, is using a fresh Time Machine backup equivalent to using my old Mac in target disk mode?
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How to make MacPorts reinstall requested ports from a different boot drive?

I recently changed workstations and went from OSx 10.7.5 to OSX 10.11! Yay! I have a lot of installation to do. Nuts.... (But worth it!) I have temporarily mounted my old workstation's hard drive ...