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How can I import reminders from *.ics files to Monterey's Reminders app?

I am migrating from an old mac running macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra to a new mac running macOS 12.3.1 Monterey. I am having difficulty migrating my Reminders items manually to the Reminders app on ...
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Migration from Intel Mojave to Monterey M1 mac

What is the best way of migrating my data from an old intel Mojave MBP to a new Monterey M1 MBP? I will soon have to migrate an old (10+ years) MBP running Mojave (the latest and greatest OS it can ...
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New iPhone transfer did not bring AirTag info from old phone

I just got a new iPhone SE 3rd generation to replace my iPhone SE 2nd generation. I just when through the automated migration process of transferring over all info while holding the phones close. ...
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My Macbook’s internal SSD is dying and throwing errors when transferring files. Should I attempt backing it up myself or send to a professional?

The other day I downloaded DriveDx and found out my Macbook’s internal SSD is failing. The reason is related to wear leveling that’s led to a rapidly growing number of retired blocks and I/O errors. ...
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Mail stuck on “Preparing to import messages” when migrating account to Big Sur

I am using Migration Assistant to migrate an account from an older computer running Catalina to a slightly newer machine running Big Sur. Everything has gone smoothly, except (of course) for one thing....
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Associate duplicated .backupundble file with the ongoing Time Machine backup for redundancy

Background I've a ~2 TB XXX.backupbundle file that I've copied from the old Time Capsule to a network drive. I would like to start using the network drive and continue using the old TimeCapsule for ...
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Contents of the OSX Documents folder appears empty from an ethernet-connected Linux machine

I have recently migrated a 2012 MacBookPro via Time Machine and Migration Assist to a new MBP running Monterey 12.2. The new Mac is connected via a Gb ethernet cable to a Linux machine (Ubuntu 20.04) ...
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Is it possible to just migrate changed files?

I sent my MacBook Pro to Apple enterprise support for 3 days. They repaired it and sent it back, and the data was not affected. Before sending it in, I made a fresh time machine backup to an external ...
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How to move iTunes library from High Sierra Mac to Monterey Mac

I'm setting up a Mac for someone who previously had files scattered across several separate computers. I upgraded the destination to Monterey and have been copying over files successfully. Now I'm ...
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Will Migration Assistant affect other MacBook user(s)?

The MacBook in question has two user profiles (both administrators) with separate Apple IDs, separate workflows etc. (i.e., unrelated or loosely related to each other); one of the profiles is my own. ...
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How do I know which files to transfer from /user/Library during a by-hand migration onto a new Mac?

My 2019 Mac, running High Sierra, recently crashed. The data has been recovered by the computer store folks onto a hard drive. I just bought a new M1 Mac, which is still in its box and which I assume ...
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Time Machine backup not working after migrating to new Mac

I migrated my data from an iMac to a new Mac Mini via Time Machine without problem. However, when I try to manually run a back up I get the following message: Disk Time Machine back up contains back ...
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How to Restore MacOs from Time Machine without Library folder?

I did a clean install of my Mac and want to restore some files now. With Migration Assistent you can select different types that you want to restore (Apps, Account (like documents e.d.), Other files ...
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Restore music metadata after SSD loss

So a month ago I lost my 2020 MacBook Air's SSD (which had been running Catalina) to a coffee spill; the computer is now fixed (and upgraded to Monterey) but the drive is wiped. The documents had been ...
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Best cloud alternative to a Mac AFP onsite file system

I have a publishing company as a client that has asked me to help them migrate an outdated Mac server to a cloud based model so they would be able to have a more resilient system, as well as easily ...
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Problems with Finder and accessing newly created Macintosh HD volume since migration

I recently bought a new iMac and migrated everything over from my old mac using Timemachine. The first thing I noticed was it created a second Macintosh HD volume (see screen grab). I'm also ...
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Can I find out when my initial blank slate install of macOS was?

It is possible I have migrated my data all the way from my first generation MacBook Pro (aluminium 17" from 2007, or maybe even earlier, 2003 PowerBook G4) through to current day. Moving between ...
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Migrate OS to new SSD without upgrade?

I bought a new SSD for my Macbook Pro early 2015 and tried to migrate to it yesterday. I'm still on Big Sur, and of course internet recovery forced me to upgrade to Monteray at the same time. It ...
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How do I merge Photo libraries from 3 different machines into one and keep my Shared Albums?

I have a 2007 iMac, a 2012 macbook pro & a 2019 macbook pro. I want to move all of the photo libraries from the imac and the 2012 macbook onto my 2019 macbook. So far I have exported my System ...
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Migration Assistant failed to transfer both Mail passwords

I have two MacBook Pro's; one old, one new. I used Migration Assistant. It transferred two mail accounts, only one password. So only one account works. The second password is NOT in the keychain in ...
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user name does not appear in Fast User Switching dropdown

After migrating to a new SSD on my Mac Pro 5,1 running ElCapitan, my user name does not appear in the Fast User Switching dropdown menu (on the right side of the menu bar); nor does my user name ...
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MacBook Pro water damage

I spilt a cup of tea over my MacBook (MB) pro (gutted) and it promptly stopped working, wouldn't turn on and the fan wasn't turning over (I have done this before with wine). So I have received my new ...
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Apple Mail: upgrade from V5 (running on HighSierra 10.13) to V8 (Big Sur 11) no local Mail folders

After a fresh install of macOS Big Sur (11), I tried to migrate my Apple Mail configuration and the mail messages stored locally. First attempt was to copy the ~/Library/Mail/V5 content to the new ~/...
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Manually migrating locally-stored mail between machines; can I ignore certain folders?

I'm in the process of migrating locally stored email from one Mac to another (both running latest version of Big Sur, 11.5.2). The IMAP stuff on the server is no problem, of course, because… well, it’...
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Granularity of tmutil's associatedisk function

I want to look at options for moving a home directory off a boot drive, and onto a different physical volume. What I need to avoid, is time machine treating it as new data, and doing a full backup, ...
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Windows to Mac: Should my home folder act now as my entire D drive?

I am migrating from Windows to a new Mac, and I just noticed that after Mac OS Catalina, I can not create any folders under root directory (/). Should all my data go to my user's home folder, as if it ...
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Can I transfer only a few things by using migration assistant?

So, I just recently got an M1 MacBook. I'm currently typing this on a mid-2014 Intel core MacBook Pro that's running on Yosemite. I wanted to transfer all my files into the new MacBook, however, I ...
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Migrating from an old OS X 10.6 Server

I need a little help with migrating from an old OS X 10.6 Server. It's a Mac Pro that currently runs the old Server Admin and Workgroup Manager software. We have over 1000 users with their data stored ...
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Migration Assistant thinks disk is 2x as large as it really is?

I have a new 16GB/1TB Macbook Air and I'm trying to copy across my files etc from my old 16GB/1TB Macbook Pro, using Migration Assistant. There is about 420GB of the 1TB available on the Macbook Pro: ...
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Finding which files the migration assistant failed to transfer

I ran a transfer of about 4 TB of files from my failing Mac to my new Mac. After 62 hours of direct connection transfer time (which seems inexplicable), I was told at the very end of the process that ...
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Volume password challenge in Migration Assistant

I'm trying to migrate a user account from an old MacBook Pro to a recent, two-year-old iMac. MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, High Sierra iMac, High Sierra I'm able to open Migration Assistant on both devices....
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Stuck on login for one user after migration assistant

I recently got my MacBook Air 2018 fixed after having some cryptographic error. I backed up all my data with time machine and I was able to transfer my data using migration assistant. I now have 3 ...
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How do I migrate my Transmission torrents & settings from an old Macbook to a new one?

How do I transfer my Transmission 3.0 torrents, torrent data files, and colour tags/labels from 1 Macbook Pro to another. My old Transmission app is in the old Macbook Pro MacOS boot ssd on a 2.5&...
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After migration of a user to another Mac (Catalina to Big Sur, Intel to Apple Silicon) via Time Machine backup, user is stuck on login screen

I setup my new MacBook Air M1 from scratch, just adding a new admin account. Then I connected my Time Machine backup disk from my older MacBook Air and used Migration Assistant to transfer my old ...
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What information that is on a bootable clone is omitted from a non-bootable clone?

I understand that a bootable clone can be used in different scenarios from a non-bootable one, but I'm not clear on what information — specifically what customizations I've made over the years to my ...
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Removing duplicate apps after migrating from Time Machine backup

I recently used Time Machine to migrate apps to my MacBook Pro. What I did not realize is that they would not overwrite the old apps but rather copy over all apps again, and now I have used almost all ...
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Migrate old files (with date created) to new mac

I am considering buying a new macbook of a different model. Is there a way I could migrate the files ALSO keeping the original "date created" intact?
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Bought a new iMac to replace the old, have two questions regarding file migration

My old iMac died -- hard drive is on the fritz -- and the system is mostly unusable. I just received my new iMac and would like to know the proper way to migrate my files from the old iMac to the new ...
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Restored Keychain doesn't persist

I've just migrated MBPro to Mojave. Everything came through nicely, except the keychain. After upgrade, the keychain has been wiped fresh by Migration Assistant. So, I moved contents of ~/Library/...
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What gets copied (and what doesn't) during a Target Mode copy?

I recently cloned my old, dying computer into a new one, using Target Mode and a Firewire 800 cable via Recovery Mode. Everything looked perfectly identical. I launched Safari on the new computer, and ...
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"Photos cannot load adjustments for this image" error since upgrading to Catalina

Steps to reproduce: Migrate large photos library from a MacBook 2016 running Photos Mojave to a MacBook 2020 running Photos Catalina (in my case 120,000+ photos) A subset of photos (in my case 10,...
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Convert .musiclibrary to .itl? (Migrating music library from Catalina to Windows 10)

I recently had to make the switch to my Windows 10 machine and need a way to transfer my music library from my Mac to PC. Shift-click iTunes in Windows to choose a new library file doesn't work with ....
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When two devices connect via wifi, is the connection 'direct' or are they going through a wifi network?

In the documentation for 'How to move your content to a new Mac', we see: If both computers are using macOS Sierra or later, just make sure that they're near each other and have Wi-Fi turned on. If ...
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Copy apfs system partition to another mac

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) that has broken keyboard and battery, so I will need to send it to Apple Store for service. I have another MacBook Pro with similar specs ...
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How can I rename Device ID from disk1s5 to disk1s1

My brand new MacBook Pro 16" had "Macintosh HD" at disk1s1 and "Macintosh HD - Data" at disk1s2. I didn't realize the USB-C cable that came with it wasn't Thunderbolt 3 so I ...
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Migration Assistant won’t copy (some) files, though running through smoothly without error

we’re just migrating my wife’s MacBook Pro to a new one, both most recent macOS versions via a TimeMachine backup. In the process all files are selected, Migration Assistenten on the new mac runs ...
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I deleted Macintosh HD - Data and now the computer won't boot even in Recovery Mode

Okay all, I think I messed up really big time. Was so excited and delighted today to see my brand spanking new MacBook Air arrive (running Catalina). Everything was wokring great; I started Migration ...
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Migration Assistant, rsync, cp and Catalina: How to copy everything in `/Users`

So I just got a brand new 13" MBP and I started with the migration assistant, but it doesn't copy enough from the ~/Library folder. For example, I'm missing my Apple Notes from that machine and ...
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How best to reintroduce files after clean MacOS install

I'm having seriously annoying issues with my new MBP. Processes crashing extremely frequently, so that I now have to close about 7 or 8 crash reports before I shut down at night. Issue here: "...
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Migration Assistant fail

I just completed my first ever Time Machine migration… or I thought I had. I just got a new 1TB SSD & PCIe mount to lift my speeds up to full SATA III on an old Mac Pro normally limited to SATA II ...
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