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Migrating MacOS to external SSD - slow startup

History: I have Intel iMac 5K 2017 (iMac18,3). It has 1 TB Fusion Drive inside. I never reinstalled macOS since I bought it, just upgraded Sierra -> Mojave -> Ventura. Ventura is much slower on ...
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Moving media from downloaded Apple Photos library into Synology Photos with a minimal metadata loss

Problem: I have an almost 2TB Apple Photos library already downloaded onto an external drive. I wanted to migrate this library into Synology Photos without re-downloading it from the internet. ...
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Tricky error using conda with "Bad CPU type in executable" on new M3 Chip

I'm having some difficulty understanding what is causing my "Bad CPU type in executable" error when using conda. This error occurs on several of my terminal commands, but I'll illustrate it ...
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Uninstall Intel Versions from Apple Silicon Mac Without Rosetta

I upgraded to my first Apple Silicon Mac (an M3 Pro) via Migration Assistant and have been working through the process of setting up Homebrew /opt/homebrew instead of /usr/local. I exported a list of ...
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tmutil inheritbackup fails

I lately moved my world to a new MacBook Pro: Apple silicon, Mac OS Sonoma 14.2.1. I'd like to maintain continuity with my Time Machine backups on the older computer (Mac OS Catalina, Intel based). ...
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Migrating TimeMachine backup from USB-C flash drive to SMB mounted TimeMachine dedicated TimeMachine share

I'm looking at the following scenario. On laptop with macOS 14.2.1 I've run a TimeMachine backup to a pendrive connected via USB-C The backup completed and I've switched it to manual backup. Now I'm ...
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How Can I Copy Keychain Local Items From Old Mac to New Mac Without iCloud?

How Can I Copy Keychain Local Items From Old Mac to New Mac Without iCloud? Copied Keychains from old Mac to new Mac but unfortunately the Local Items did not copy over. After a bit of searching it ...
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What is the _messagebus user group and can I delete it?

I recently migrated to a new Mac running Ventura, and it looks like it migrated three user groups. I've figured out what the first two are and am going to delete them, but I can't figure out what the ...
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Migrate to Ventura and put one user's home directory on a different drive

I just bought a new Mac Mini to replace my old one. I have a user account I'd like to migrate, but there isn't space on the new Mac Mini's internal hard drive. Can I migrate that user so that their ...
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how does SetupAssistant treat uid numbers when moving users from an old machine to a newly installed OS?

I have two users on my 2019 iMac. (Ventura 13.5.2) I want to use SetupAssistant to move these users accounts to my brand new Macmini. The instructions for Setup Assistant indicate that on your first ...
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How to transfer data from a certain time period into existing iPhone without overwriting it?

I need to prepare my old iPhone 12 for trade-in, but there were a couple of months recently where I had to actually use the 12 while my 14 pro was, let's say "on vacation" (long story). ...
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How can I do an actual clone of the Mail app and data to a new Mac?

I want to make an exact copy of my Mail app and all the data, settings, preferences, and more from one Mac and put it on another. I spent a lot of time researching and can find ways to transfer SOME ...
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Multiple utun[0-9] interfaces after using Migration Assistant to copy old macbook to new macbook

I ran migration assistant with the source being a macbook I've had for 10 years and probably installed more than a couple VPNs on to a new M1 running Monterey 12.6.8. Tunnelblick, Stanford VPN, ...
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How to force delete files from Trash on Silicon based Macs

This is a follow up question to by previous posting: Why is Bootcamp Assistant on my MacBook Pro (M2) after using Migration Assistant? For some reason while running the various delete methods in my ...
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Why is Bootcamp Assistant on my MacBook Pro (M2) after using Migration Assistant?

I have a question. I have purchased a new MacBook Pro 14" (M2 Silicon Chip). My old computer was a 2013 iMac (intel based). I used Apple's Migration Assistant to migrate the data from the older ...
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2012 iMac to 2023 iMac Data Migration

I'm migrating data from my 2010 27" iMac to a new 2023 24" iMac. I purchased a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter and connected them and then launched the Migration Assistant. The data ...
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How to keep using TimeMachine backups incrementally after disk upgrade?

I just upgraded disk on iMac: FusionDrive (small blade SSD + large HDD) -> dual larger SSDs working independently. Then I fully restored the system to the boot-SSD via Time Machine. How can I keep ...
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tmutil: associatedisk vs inheritbackup difference

When planning migration from an older to a newer Mac drive while using the same Time Machine, I often see mentions associatedisk and inheritbackup verbs of tmutil--but fail to find any clear ...
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uTorrent Classic to uTorrent Web migration

How can I migrate user data from uTorrent Classic to uTorrent Web? Ideally, I would like to keep both list of torrents and download state. It looks like resume.dat can be migrated--though I can't ...
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External Hard Drive Permissions Stuck in "Fetching" After Migration

After a migration, I'm having great difficulty working with or even accessing many of the .NEF (Raw Nikon photo files) within a larger Adobe Lightroom folder on one of my external hard drives. The ...
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Accessing USB device from Terminal requires root?

I have an AtmelICE, which is a USB microcontroller programmer. I just bought a new MBP and used migration assistant to migrate from my old MBP. On the old one, I was able to run a program called ...
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I want data from two older comps transferred/merged onto my new M2 Max under one user

I just used Migration Asst. to transfer from my older Macbook Pro (Late 2013) to my new 16" M2 Max. All good. Now I want to transfer (ADD) the data from a Time Machine backup of a Macbook Pro M1 ...
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Manually transfer system settings and app data

M1 mini on Ventura. I want to transfer my system settings and app data to a new Mac. However, I can't use Migration Assistant because I will not have this Mac by the time the new one arrives. When I ...
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Delete MacPorts group

I tried all the solutions mentioned in the below links but the MacPorts group is still there: ➜ ~ dscacheutil -q group | grep "macports" users: root myusernameeee macports _nsurlstoraged ...
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Safari not working after migration on MacBook Air 2015

Recently migrated from one MacBook Air to another (both 2015). Safari error message: "You can't use this version of the application "Safari.App" with this version of OS X. You have OS ...
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What backup solution is thorough enough to include low level stuff like homebrew? Is Time Machine thorough enough?

I need to migrate to a newer MacBook soon, because my current one is falling apart. But I have a lot of lower level stuff installed / configured such as Homebrew formulae and casks. I also have ...
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Peer-to-peer transfer during migration extremely slow

I have one 2019 MacBook and a 2021 MacBook Pro connected to each other via the Thunderbolt ports to do a migration. Given there are only about 700 files to transfer, I would expect it to take less ...
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Time Machine inherited, but UID changed

After a clean install of Ventura, I have manually transferred data from when the same Mac had Monterey. I then used tmutil inheritbackup to reconnect to the same external backup disk that I had been ...
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Transfer files with special characters from Windows to MacOS

I am in the process of migrating from Windows to Mac. To transfer all my files from an old Windows laptop to a new Macbook I am using an external SSD (formatted as exFAT). I copied all my files to the ...
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How to import time machine backup music (or from iphone) to ventura?

I was using macbook with osx maverick and had library in Music.app (~/Music). I replaced this laptop with new one on M1 and did fresh Ventura install on it. Everything is good except my music library: ...
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Best strategy to change SSD in old MBP

I have two old Macbook Pros (late 2013, identical model). A is not needed anymore, has a broken battery and touchpad but 1 TB SSD. B is still in use by one person (for simple browser stuff that's ok) ...
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How do I migrate existing Apple ID accounts automatically after federation for a domain is enabled in Apple Business Manager?

We just registered the company domain on Apple Business Manager and enabled federation. A lot of co-workers used their work email for iCloud already and are now asked to migrate those "personal&...
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File-ownership issues transitioning to new admin user (on same mac)

My single user (let's say u0) has over the years become cluttered. I decided to create a new admin user u1, and incrementally migrate to it. However I'm bumping into obstacles. First up I'm switching ...
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I don't have a recovery key and my password doesn't work since using Migration Assistant

I have a new Macbook pro (same model/spec) and I have today used Migration Assistant from a Time Machine Backup. It took 20 hours to complete the transfer but once it had completed I was logged into ...
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Moving photo library from an iPhone to another iPhone via Computer

I need to migrate and merge the contents of 2 old iPhones (lets call them i1 and i2) to a new iPhone (i_new). iPhones have built-in migration functionality, but AFAIK it doesn't allow to move stuff ...
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Why didn't iPhone data completely carry over during iPhone upgrade at an Apple Store?

I recently upgraded from an iPhone 12 to an iPhone 13 at an Apple Store. Some apps migrated properly, some apps didn't. I migrated the data with Migration Assistant while connected to the store's wifi ...
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Does macos migration assistant include any data integrity checks after things are transferred?

Are there any checks under the hood performed to ensure no data was corrupted in the course of being transferred?
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2 Cloned Macbooks conflicting

I have a Mackbook air m1 from work, and my personal device is also a Mackbook air m1. When I got the work device. I used migration assistant to clone everything from the personal machine (almost blank)...
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Manual copypasting apps for backup

I just switched from a full Windows+Google ecosystem to a full Apple ecosystem and I am finding my way quite easily. Still, i have to understand a couple of things about how data is stored, read and ...
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Bricked by Monterey 12.5 update - what happened to my Mac?

The following are some details of a system failure and recovery process that I’ve worked through over the last week. Even though things seem relatively stable now, I’m keen to get any thoughts on what ...
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DNS Resolution Failure resolved in safe mode, persists outside safe mode

I bought a new Macbook Pro with Monterey 12.5 and migrated all data from an 11.4 Big Sur using Migration Assistant. When starting up the new Macbook I could not connect to internet even though I was ...
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Does transfering data to a new iPhone from old iPhone keep all app state?

Let's say I bought the latest iPhone. I migrate my data from my old iPhone to the new iPhone. What does the transfer does to my banking app for example? Will I still be logged in the new iPhone or it ...
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Installation failed - In order to continue installing, you need to be an owner

I ran into an interesting and very troubling error when trying to install system updates in macOS 12.4: It seems as though the root of this problem happened during the setup phase of this new Apple ...
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Can I use rsync to fix the timestamps that Migration Assistant trashed?

I have discovered the hard way that Apple's "Migration Assistant" doesn't always preserve file timestamps (i.e., created/modified dates in ~/Documents), and I now have a new machine with ...
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Does macOS's newer "Erase All Content and Settings" feature yield different results than reformatting the startup drive?

According to Apple, "macOS Monterey includes Erase All Content and Settings, a way to quickly and securely erase all of your settings, data, and apps, while maintaining the operating system ...
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Delete Applications shown in Launchpad

I recently got a new MacBook Pro and used migration assistant to transfer files over from my old MacBook Pro via an intermediary external hard drive. After completing the transfer, my new Macbook’s ...
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Moving from Windows to Mac...a few questions on data migration

I was using Bootcamp on an iMac27 (2017) for a variety of reasons I decided to go back to using Mac natively. I was backing up all my data from Windows to 2 external RAID Drobo devices (5C and 5D). ...
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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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