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Migrating user data between computers

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After migration to new Mac, Apple Mail doesn't use keychain but asks for all account passwords instead

After I migrated via migration assistant to a new Mac (old and new device are running Mojave), Apple Mail asks for passwords of all my accounts despite I did a full migration with all data, keychain ...
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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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Where does FaceTime store its call history on macOS?

I did a Time Machine backup to an external hard drive and then did a clean install of macOS. How can I transfer my FaceTime call history from my external hard drive to my Mac? Ie, what location does ...
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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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Is there a way to transfer specific apps from one Mac to another

I bought a new MacBook Pro and I want to pick some apps from my old MacBook and transfer them to my new MacBook. I am aware of Migration Assistant and it can copy the entire Applications folder to ...
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User Data Migration from HFS+ Disk Image

I got the following source: the disk image of a iMac4,1 Intel32 from 2006 running the preinstalled 10.4.4 target: an iMac6,1 Intel32 from 2006 running the preinstalled 10.4.7 This use case isn't ...
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Understanding photo libraries when migrating from iPhoto to Photo

I recently updated an outdated OS to Catalina, in which the iPhoto app was replaced by the Photos app. In HD/Users/User/Images, I now find three different folders : iPhoto-Library (Migrated Photo ...
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Using iCloud to migrate to a new Mac, and discrepancies in storage totals

I currently have three Macs: 2019 5K iMac Early 2013 Retina MacBook Pro Early 2015 12" MacBook (The tiny one) In preparation for selling the old laptops to get a new MacBook Pro, I've been updating ...
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Does Migration Assistant transfer face data for the People album?

I attempted to use Migration Assistant to transfer data from an older MacBook Air to a new one. The migration failed with a "Could not create <username>" error but it did leave the files on the new ...
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Is it possible to upgrade my Time Capsule hard disk and keep the backup(s) from the original?

Can I upgrade my Time Capsule to a larger internal drive and keep my original backup(s)? I'm aware you can drop in the new disk, the restore it as a new TC using AirPort Utility, and I'm also aware ...
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Seeing partition backups with “1” appended to it after merging Time Machine backups from old MacBook to a new MacBook with same hard drive names

I just purchased a new MacBook Air (2020) and successfully migrated my old system to the new system via “Migration Assistant.” The old machine and new machine are pretty much one-to-one the same from ...
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Transfer iMessage Archive to new Macbook

I recently upgraded from a 7-year-old MacBook, and I have been trying to transfer the imessage history to my new macbook with little success. Does anyone know if this is still possible on the new ...
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Migration Assistant multiple use

Is it possible to use the migration assistant to transfer files from my old PC to a new Mac (OSCatalina) more than once? I've got around 300gb of data on my old pc and transferred just 50gb to start ...
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Just updated to Catalina, did I lose a lot of disk space? What's a good procedure to follow to dupe to a new drive?

I just updated to Catalina and noticed that the new version of TechTool 12 is warning me that I am running out of disk space (500 GB on a 13-inch MBP mid 2012). I upgraded from Sierra. I want to ...
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Migrating Mac over home network

I am trying to migrate all settings, apps, and data from MacBook Yosemite 10.10.5 to MacBook Catalina 10.15.2 over a home network. I have computer initial setup on the same network with different ...
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Migrating Mac to Mac via iCloud

Is it possible to migrate MacBook completely via iCloud? When you restore iPad iCloud backup from another iPad you get everything -- settings, apps, data. Is it possible to do the same on MacBook, ...
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Cannot Actvate Setup assistant in MacOS Catalina after Migration Crash

I bought a new Macbook Air 2018 with macOS Catalina. I wanted to transfer my stuff from my old computer so I tried to use Migration Assistant. It crashed in the middle of the process. Now my main ...
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Apple Mail: Move thousands of locally stored mails to IMAP accounts

I use Apples Mail.app since – forever. My local Mail-Archive consists of about 130'000 E-Mails from multiple accounts, stored in hundreds of folders, localy on one of my Macs. The archive goes back 18 ...
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Cannot get other device to provide approval window

I'm trying to login to iCloud my new Mac but my old Mac never shows a request for an approval code. Where do I find this? In the past, the window always just popped up automatically when I needed to ...
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Data recovery from Apple MacBook Pro with T1 and T2 & Customer Data Migration Tool (LifeBoat)

There is a lot of fuzz since Apple introduced non-removable SSDs in 2016. If you are spilling water or dropping the notebook it might be a problem to recover the data, as the SSDs are proprietary (...
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Will TimeMachine backup, wipe, re-install, & Migration Assistant remove non-removable Profiles?

a friend owns a recent Macbook Pro that his previous employer installed/configured System Preferences > Profiles (NOT USER PROFILE/ACCOUNT) that we cannot get removed. the minus button is greyed out, ...
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Target Disc Mode from 2009 Mac mini to 2019 iMac

I need to transfer some large files from an Early 2009 Mac mini to a 2019 iMac. The Mac mini has FireWire 800, Ethernet, and USB-1. The iMac has USB-C and USB-3 and Ethernet. Is this the best way to ...
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Moving MS Office 2011 from Mojave computer to older High Sierria machine

I want to upgrade my Mojave iMac to Catalina. I have a few 32 bit apps that won't work so I am migrating them over to an older iMac running High Sierra. I have successfully migrated two applications (...
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Used Migration Assistant on Catalina, now all data is missing from original drive?

One of the computers a coworker was working on, a 2012 13" MBPU, required a data transfer to a 2015 13" MBPR. He set up Migration Assistant on both computers after hooking them up with a firewire ...
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Moving photos to a new Mac from an old one - issues with permissions and iCloud [closed]

OK here's the story. My wife's old Mac -- a late 2010 MacBook Air currently running Yosemite. We get a new Macbook Air (high end model) running Mojave. I use the Migration Assistant to transfer the ...
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Is it possible to move from an old mac to a new mac only selected applications and documents?

I would like to move from an old mac book pro to a new one only selected applications and documents. I set my old mac using an older one mac so I have very old applications that I should uninstall. I ...
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Fastest way to migrate file by connecting two Macs together

I am migrating data files from an Early 2011 MacBook Pro to a 2019 MacBook Pro 16" (all UCB-C cables). What is the best (fastest) way to migrate the files in terms of connecting one mac to the ...
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Setup didn't migrate much from Time Machine. Should I run Migration Assistant now?

I set up a new MacBook Air, asking it to migrate everything (or nearly everything) from a Time Machine backup on SSD of a 5-year old MacBook Air (both on Mojave). After configuring lots of settings, ...
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How best to migrate a large Aperture library to Photos? [closed]

I've got a large Aperture library of images from 2016 and earlier. I started using photos for my phone and eventually used it for everything. I now want to use Photos rather than Aperture, so that I ...
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How do I restore the “Quick Start” migration from my iPhone X to a newly bought iPhone 11 Pro Max?

I just bought a new iPhone 11 pro max. After turning it on and did some very simple settings, it asks me to transfer data from my previous iPhone. However, I accidentally switched to another app on ...
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Migrating OS 14 from External APFS drive to internal Sata HD

External drive is the system boot drive. Although I have attempted to restore the SATA drive from the external drive and the time machine backup, the internal HD only contains a textedit file titled "...
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How to remove SophosEndpoint “phantom” user?

I recently migrated from a 2017 Macbook Pro to a 2019 Macbook Pro (both running Catalina) using Migration Assistant, and ever since then I've had this "phantom" SophosEndpoint user stuck on the log in ...
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Identifying old system junk

I've been using Mac a long time, & none of my new Macs have ever run in a truly new state since the first Migration Assistant back with what we now call Classic Mac OS. Over time ther performance ...
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Apple Photos removed 10 people from my previous list after migration to Catalina

I just migrated to Cataline, and Photos started reanalysing my 60k+ photos again. At first, pics were still in the right People's album, except that it was an association without a Tag, ie the person ...
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Migration Assistant from Time Backup is so slow [duplicate]

I've recently re-installed MacOS (clean installation of Catalina) on my iMac Late 2012 and everything was fine until I realised that I forgot tons of recently scanned images in the Doxie app which I ...
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Migrate from El Capitan (10.11) to Catalina (10.15)

I have a mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro still working, running 10.11 El Capitan. I would like to move it to a newer 2015 13" MacBook Pro currently running Catalina 10.15. Of course, making sure the new ...
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Migrate from an early 2015 MacBook Pro running Catalina to a 2019 MacBook Air running Mojave

I have one early 2015 MacBook Pro currently running Catalina 10.15. That’s my production machine; I got a new 2019 MacBook Air which I want to make my main production machine; The Macbook Air is from ...
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Does the Catalina Music app preserve star ratings from iTunes?

Ever since the introduction of iTunes and the 5-star rating system, I've heavily used the feature to organize my library. When migrating to Catalina (and thus retiring iTunes), will the star ratings ...
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Will non-USB 3 Lightning to Camera Adapter work for new iPhone Migration?

Will the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (pictured below, with no additional Lightning port) work for the new iPhone Migration, where data is transferred from old to new iPhone via cable? Apple’s ...
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How to migrate from Android 5.1 to iPhone 8?

Is it possible and how to move all info, contacts, images, photos, mp4 files from android 5.1 to iPhone?
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Copy iCloud Photos library to a clean install

I'm doing a clean install on a new HD for various reasons, and I'd like to move my 700GB Photos library over. I also want the library to continue to sync with iCloud. Since the existing library is ...
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How does migration assistant work?

I'm considering using Migration Assistant to transfer everything from an old backup of my system to my current system because there are files that went missing when I upgraded my old system to El ...
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How to recover 100GB missing from macOS after an update?

Background: I recently upgraded my system to El Capitan. On the first run of the new operating system I ran more updates from the App Store that required a restart. However, while updating, it ...
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Migration Assistant estimated time remaining keeps climbing

I'm trying to move my files, applications, and system preferences from a Early 2015 Macbook Pro to a 2019 MBP. Here are the steps I followed: Got an external hard drive and used it for Time Machine ...
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Transferring Messages from old Mac to new Mac

I have a new Mac and I didn't use the Migration Assistant to move my data. I want to now transfer my old messages from my old Mac to my new Mac. It appears all the old messages are in buried in the ...
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Move Secure Notes items from Keychain of one Mac to another?

I have a keychain created, to hold a bunch of Secure Notes items. These are not in the default keychain files created by Apple. In previous versions of macOS, I was able simply drag the keychain file ...
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Add Time Machine files to an existing account with Migration Assistant

I have a Time Machine backup from Mac A (now retired), containing 4 accounts worth of data. I would like to add the data from one of these accounts to an existing account on Mac B (replacement for Mac ...

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