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Main account missing after migration

I have run a migration form my old mac to my new one using the Migration Assistant utility. However, after the process was completed I am stuck with this screen to which I don't know the password. My ...
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Data migration from 2015 BigSur MBP to 2021 M1 MBP

I want to migrate all data from my existing 2015 MBP that runs on Big Sur to the latest 2021 MBP with M1 Pro chip. I want to be able to transfer all files and all settings to the new MBP and this ...
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How to get Time Machine backup out of "Backup in use" state without originating computer

I have (well, had) a Late 2013 MacBook Pro running Big Sur backing up via Time Machine to a Time Capsule. That MacBook died a sudden and horrible death with no chance of ever booting again. In an ...
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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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How do you restore a Time Machine backup from M1 to Intel?

I'm on MacOS 12.1. I've restored a Time Machine backup from an Intel machine to an M1 machine, but attempting to go the other direction does not work. I've tried backing up and restoring from a USB ...
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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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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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Will Homebrew installations, root password, hidden users, etc. carry over with Migration Assistant? or with a Time Machine backup? or something else?

Here's a similar question: Migrating to new iMac, what does Migration Assistant actually migrate? The reason I'm asking again now is because this question was asked TEN YEARS AND FIVE MONTHS ago, ...
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Migration from 12" MB to 2020 MBA (Intel) Fail

I am trying to migrate my data from my old MacBook (12-inch Retina Mid 2017) to a new Apple MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020). I am using the USB port on an Apple AV Adapter on the MB connected ...
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How to migrate data from MacBook Pro to new iPad Air

I just bought a new iPad Air and wondered if Migration Assistant is on it, and where I find it? I am trying to move all of my data from a MacBook Pro to the iPad Air.
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Migration Assistant using a Time Machine backup... files and apps missing?

Have a 2015 MacBook that I've backed up to an external HD via Time Machine, running Catalina. And a newer MacBook Air also running Catalina. On initial setup of the new machine, I used Migration ...
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In a Macbook, I'm ready to change the boot disk and replace the superdrive with an SSD. How will Migration Asst work? Use APFS?

In a mid-2012 MacBook running Catalina, I'm first going to replace the DVD SuperDrive with an SSD. Boot-up and then make sure the drive is recognized and wifi, Bluetooth, camera, etc. still work. ok. ...
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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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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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Bash terminal windows and tabs take a few seconds to start

The problem appeared after using the Migration Assistant. Edit: There is no command in Preferences>Profiles>Shell. Both .profile and .bashrc are empty. Putting set -x at the beginning didn't help me ...
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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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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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Why does the Citrix Workspace installer fail on macOS 15 (Catalina)?

I tried to install Citrix Workspace v2002 on a new MacBook Air running macOS 15 Catalina. I think the owner of the computer had used Migration Assistant from an old MacBook Air running a significantly ...
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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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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 thorough is Migration Assistant?

I'm a longtime Windows user, and I was given a Macbook Pro at work. I was recently given a new one, and I need to use Migration Assistant to move all my data from the old one to the new one. I've ...
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Stuck on Transferring Your Information

I have a brand new MacBook Pro. I started a migration from a time machine backup...it has now been stuck on “about a minute remaining “ for 8+ hours. How does one remedy this?
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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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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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Run iMac from external SSD - Transference Process

I've purchased a Samsung external SSD with the intention of using it as the boot disk. I've formatted it Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and I've been told that I can 'restore' it from the Time Machine ...
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If Migration Assistant is interrupted, will it resume from where it left off?

I stopped my MA and started it again and the new estimated spaces to transfer are different (I took a picture before the first attempt). Just want to make sure that’s what’s happening, and not that ...
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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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Migration assistant fills disk before finishing

I'm trying to migrate 200GB to an older MacBook pro. Both are running High Sierra. Migration Assistant tells me 270GB will be unallocated after the migration. It continues to fail. In all cases it ...
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Chances Migration Assistant will improve performance of Air-2011?

I need to improve performance of my Macbook Air mid-2011. I'm considering to re-install MacOS from the scratch using Migration Assistant for that purpose. I recently migrated from original 256GB SSD ...
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Transfer Mac Mail POP3 Email account to new MAC

I want to move to a new Macbook. However, I have a POP3 email account on Mac Mail with some old emails that I would like to migrate to a new Macbook which are no longer on the mail server. Would Apple ...
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How to fix corrupt or missing os system fonts in high sierra

I did a clean install of my mac from a usb key. Following that, everything worked perfectly in high sierra. Then, i used migration assistant to restore from my latest time machine backup. Following ...
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MIgration Assistant from HFS+ (case sensitive) to APFS (case sensitive)

I have a new 2018 MacBook Pro, OS X Mojave 10.14.2, hard drive formatted as AFPS (Case-sensitive) and an old 2009 MacBook Pro, OS X Yosemite, hard drive formatted as HFS+ (Case-sensitive, Journaled). ...
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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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How can I migrate my data from my Macbook Pro 2010 to a Macbook 12-inch 2016?

How can I connect a Macbook 12-inch 2016 to a Macbook Pro 2010 in target disk mode to migrate my data with Migration Assitant? The Macbook has a USB-C port and the Macbook Pro 2010 has Firewire 800 ...
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Migration Assistant Reports failed files, Prompts repair errors: No Documents transferred, High Sierra

I have a 2017 Macbook Pro and a 2018 Macbook Pro. The target machine has a bigger SSD than the source, so I know it's not a space issue. I ran Migration Assistant on both machines and the process ...
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How can I modify a backup? [closed]

I'm backing up my mac from a Hard Drive that someone gave to me, but I don't have enough space on my Mac. How I can delete files that I don't need to be backed up (when I try to delete it says The ...
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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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Can I run migration assistant multiple times for multiple computers?

I have 2 old macs with data that needs to be moved to 1 new mac. Can I simply run migration assistant twice, moving the data into the same user account on the new mac?
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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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Which cable should I choose to do data transfer between a 12" MacBook and a 2017 MacBook Pro via target disk mode by Migration Assistant?

This is a quick image showing my cables and MacBooks. I got a new MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar (A1706) and now I need to transfer all my data from my old 12" MacBook (A1534) to it. While Migration ...
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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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Macbook Flashing Question Mark backup

I had the unfortunate luck of getting the infamous flashing question mark folder when I booted up my 2012 macbook pro. I have never used timemachine before, so I can't call backups. So i've been ...
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High Sierra reboot loop after data migration

I've installed a new SSD on my Mac Mini 2014. So I have a new SSD connected via PCIe and the old OEM HDD via SATA. I've installed a fresh copy of High Sierra on the new SSD and seems to work well. ...
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Migration Assistant failing with strange password issue

One of my bread and butter jobs for clients is replacing bad/old disks in their Macs. I have a standard procedure: Install new hard disk Install latest possible OS and create account called "Admin" ...
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