Questions tagged [migration-assistant]

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How select date of full backup to restore with Time Machine - NOT the latest backup

My hard drive died after files started disappearing for a couple days. I ended up getting a new Mac since the computer was old anyway. I'm worried that the last couple days of Time Machine backups ...
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Differences migrating using Target Mode vs Migration Assistant on source machine?

What are the differences between using Target Mode and Migration Assistant on the source machine during a migration? Are different files transferred; is speed (all else being equal) different? Assume ...
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transferring data to new Macbook Pro

I just got a new Macbook Pro, and even though I have been using Time Machine and I could use the Migration Assistant, I've accumulated so many files throughout the years that I thought it would be ...
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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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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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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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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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Migration Assistant moved files to inaccesible new account, how to get to my old files?

I just got a Mac after many years on a PC. Migration Assistant did not work when I was setting up the computer, so I ran it a few minutes later instead. However, it seems it transferred all my files ...
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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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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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Migration assistant unexpectedly quit

I am trying to transfer things from a Macbook Air to a Macbook Pro Retina. I start up Migration assistant on both and proceed with the initial steps, selecting the source laptop from the target ...
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Will Migration Assistant really take 52 hours to transfers my files?

I just bought a new 2012 MacBook Pro and Migration Assistant says it will take 52 hours and 30 minutes to transfer. Is it really going to take that long? The blue bar is almost done.
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What is Migration Assistant doing when it transfers Keychains?

When Migration Assistant (or Setup Assistant) migrates Keychains, it successfully transfers most items as expected, but behaves (very) strangely with respect to the "Local Items" keychain. It appears, ...
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How to disable wifi while running Migration Assistant?

After starting to run Migration Assistant over wifi, I connected an Ethernet cable to both machines in order to speed up the transfer. This does not appear to be working. How can I disable wifi on one ...
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Do I need to disable my firmware password to use Migration Assistant?

I'm moving to a new machine from an old machine with a firmware password. I seem to recall reading when I set up the firmware password long ago that the simple migration process will not work from a ...
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iMac-to-iMac Migration was interrupted; Now, source iMac is reading as 0.0GB

I attempted twice to migrate my iMac (2006) to my iMac (2009), first via wireless and second via LAN. The connection was interrupted both times, but the second time left it unable to 'resume from ...
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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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Can’t restore from Time Machine on Mojave

I’m on the latest Mojave. Tried full restore from the backup and caught an error. (“error: -5000” while the restore process was copying a _MASReceipt/receipt file from one of the apps.) Tried ...
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Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Migration unexpectedly quit. Please try again later.”

Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Migration unexpectedly quit. Please try again later.” Source of backup: iMac 24" mid-2007 macOS El Capitan 10.11.6 Backup drive: ...
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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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Continue time machine backup with another Mac

I recently bought a new MacBook. It's running Yosemite and I managed to transfer my old user profile from the old computer via migration assistant. Now I want to seamlessly continue my backup on the ...
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OS X Migration Assistant can't see Time Machine drive

I've wiped my machine (to start over), and I'd like to restore some key files back (like pictures and stuff like that). However, when I connect my Time Machine drive and open Migration Assistant, it ...