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Update brew-installed applications when migrating from Intel Macbook to Apple Silicon [duplicate]

Just yesterday, I've migrated from a Macbook Air from 2015 (with Intel-based processor) to a Macbook Air with M1. I've used the migration assistant for this and was pretty surprised that everything, ...
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Migration Assistant not working

I have two M1 MacBook Pros running 14.2.1. I am trying to transfer the data from one computer to the other using Migration Assistant. I have tried connecting via the wireless network. I have tried ...
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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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Parental controls still enabled under Ventura after using Migration Assistant from an El Capitan machine; Screen Time is off

My son was using an old Mac Mini running El Capitan. Parental Controls were enabled on this machine. Recently I bought him a newer Mac Mini. It's running Ventura. I migrated all his data from his old ...
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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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How do I install Big Sur on a machine running Mavericks?

I just erased an MBP 2014 that had been running the latest Big Sur to factory settings in preparation for migrating from another MPB running Big Sur, following the instructions provided by Apple. But ...
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Migration Assistant ignored Thunderbolt connection

I’m migrating from an MBP 2014 running Big Sur to an MBA M2 connected via Thunderbolt (via Apple’s T3-T2 adapter and Apple’s Thunderbolt cable), but Migration Assistant is using Wi-Fi. How do I force ...
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Switching from MacBook Pro Intel to MacBook Pro M2-Max

I have a MacBook Pro Apple silicon M2-Max on order to replace my MacBook Pro Intel. I have a few questions: When I try to restore my system from the Time Machine backup, will my applications continue ...
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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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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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Migration Assistant on M1/Monterey breaks Keychain

By now, it's been well-documented that you can't migrate your local Keychains in full, without some workarounds. Especially not the "Local Items" keychain. From the horse's mouth: "You ...
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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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Finder Search, Outlook search not working after Migration Assistant

I migrated from a 2015 MacBookPro to a new 2022 MacBook Pro with M1. The MacOS was updated as part of the Migration process to 12.5.1. Finder and Outlook Search worked fine on the 2015 laptop. Finder ...
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Can't Find Safari History File (Time Machine)

I am trying to restore my Safari history and saved passwords from a Time Machine backup on Mojave. The history.db file, according to Apple's website, is supposed to be at ~Library/Safari. However, ...
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What's included in Migration Assistant's "Other Files & Folders"?

Migration Assistant offers a top level checkbox for "Other Files & Folders". It's not clear what's included in this item. Maybe stuff from /usr/? There must be more to it than that, ...
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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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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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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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