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How can I recover my MS Office 2011 product key?

I want to use Migration Assistant to transfer my data from a Macbook Pro to a Macbook Air. I'm told that I need my product key for MS Office 2011. Is there a way to find my product key on my mac?
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Migration Assistant forever looking for other computers

I want to use Migration Assistant to transfer data between two macbook pros, both on OS X 10.9.2. I have them connected via thunderbolt ethernet adapters. When I go into migration assistant on the ...
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Reuse Time Machine backup drive after migration to new machine

I'm going to be migrating to a new machine in the new few weeks/months, and want to avoid something that happened during my last migration. I used Migration Assistant and a Time Machine backup to ...
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New Mac Pro: Setup/Migration Assistant never finishes

I am trying to transfer my existing (Early 2008) Mac Pro to a new (refurb) 2013 Mac Pro. I'm still in "setup assistant" mode. The amount of information being transferred is about 120Gb. I've tried ...
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Migration Assistant fails on Ethernet Mavericks-to-Mavericks migration

I have the following setup and am attempting the use Migration Assistant over Ethernet: Source machine: Early 2009 24-inch iMac running OS X 10.9 Destination machine: Latest MacBook Pro Retina ...
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How do I migrate my Keychain's “Local Items” to a new Mac?

After preforming a Mavericks-Mavericks migration using Migration Assistant, I have a "Local Items" Keychain on my new machine in which many (perhaps most) items are out of date (using old passwords), ...
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New MacBook Pro: Migration Assistant or Time Capsule?

I'm in the process of buying a new MacBook Pro. My actual notebook is a MacBook Pro Core Duo which dates back to July 2006. My actual operating system is Snow Leopard, and I have a Time Capsule unit ...
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Migration Assistant completely broken on Yosemite?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro with a 500GB SDD. It has been backed up on a regular basis to two different external disks - one is a 4TB Thunderbolt HDD, the other a 4TB WD Black drive connected via a USB ...
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Why won't Migration Assistant recognize my old Time Machine backup?

When I attempt to run Migration Assistant, it searches and searches but can't find the backups. When I open Finder, I can clearly see the backups and navigate around in the backups for the different ...
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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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How to restore Applications & Files from HD Backup (Migration Asst won't read it)

I recently had a problem with my MBP which wouldn't start up. After the chime it would shut down. I started using ⌘ cmd+R and ran Disk Utility. Had issues with my boot partition but no issues on my ...
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How to replace hard drive without reinstalling the whole system?

I recently purchased a 1TB solid state hard drive Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE1T0BW. I hope I won't need to manually ...
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Does Migration Assistant migrate macports?

New MacBook Pro here. I am about to use Migration Assistant to copy over my old files from my old first-gen MacBook. Will I have to reinstall macports manually or will Migration Assistant copy my /...
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What exactly does the Mountain Lion Migration Assistant transfer?

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Pro, but I am likely getting a new one soon. I have lots of applications and documents. I understand that Migration Assistant can transfer my documents and applications. Will ...
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Migration Assistant and USB Time Machine disk

Mavericks Update Sadly this issue remains unresolved in Mavericks. End Update When I run Migration Assistant (from an admin account) in Lion, M.A. hangs at the message "Looking for Other Computers"...
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can i use migration assistant to migrate files to a secondary drive?

new (old) mac, came with a 2tb drive for files and data, and a small 250gb SSD drive for only the OS. i have installed new version of sierra into that drive, now using Migration Assistant from a Time ...
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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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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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How should I copy OS X server environment to another machine for update?

I have a server running Server.app (3.2.2) on Mac OS X 10.9.5. It hosts File Sharing, Mail, VPN, Websites, DHCP, DNS, and Open Directory etc. It also hosts phpBB3 bulletin boards. Because the OX ...
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Recovering all my old settings, apps etc … from removed hard drive

I recently had the hard drive replaced (by apple) in my iMac (Snow Leopard). I still have the removed hard drive, which obviously has all my old data etc ... on it. I did not create a time machine ...
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How to delete leftover files from aborted migrations?

I recently got a new MacBook Air and used Migration Assistant (henceforth abbreviated as MA) to transfer my stuff from my old MacBook Pro. However, until MA actually worked all the way, I had to abort ...
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Do Mac installs become progressively more 'crufty' by using Migration Assistant? [closed]

I'm on my sixth Mac since purchasing my first in 2006. I've used Migration Assistant on every upgrade. In between upgrades, I've installed and removed lots of programs, changed lots settings, added ...
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Moving data from Mid-2010 iMac to Late 2015 iMac

I just ordered a new 27" Late 2015 iMac. I'll be moving my data from a 27" mid-2010 iMac. What's the recommended medium for the migration? I know how to use Migration Assistant, but the old iMac has ...
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Why doesn't my VPN work with my new Mac?

I used Migration Assistant / Setup Assistant to copy everything from an old Mac to a new one, both running 10.8.4. My VPN connection uses the built-in OpenVPN client, via the Network pane in System ...
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Migration Assistant not recognizing ethernet

I am currently migrating from a MacBookPro to a desktop. The desktop is running Sierra and the MacBookPro is running Yosemite. The desktop is a late 2013 (I think) and the MacBookPro I'm not sure. (I ...
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Moving from Snow Leopard directly to Mountain Lion with Time Machine

First time I've asked a question here but I've used Stack Exchange for answers to many many OSX questions so, first off, great big thanks for that. I searched the archives but didn't find an answer ...
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Migration Assistant between two Macs: Yosemite and El Capitan

Is it possible to run Migration Assistant between two Macs with different versions of the OS X (Yosemite and El Capitan)? In my case, I'm looking to transfer some user accounts and apps from old Mac ...
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Migrate OS X using Migration Assistant and Time Machine - not enough space

I desparately need to migrate from Mac OS X 10.5.8 running on a rather old Mac Pro to 10.10 running on a new Mac Mini. To achieve this, I was planning on using the Migration Assistant (MA) tool with a ...
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PC shutoff during Migration Assistant transfer to Mac

My PC shut-off in the middle of transferring data to a MacBook using Migration Assistant. The MacBook still shows "transferring your information". How do I get my PC to pick up the MacBook again and ...
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Where on the target computer can I find the files the Migration Assistant left when the migration process was interrupted?

As a newbie, I decided to use Migration Assistant to copy my files from my Sony Viao windows platform to a newly purchased macbook pro. Within the process the connection was interrupted, as it is ...
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Unable to deselect items in migration-assistant

I had created a test user upon installing Mountain Lion, now I want to import my regular user from backup, but only that particular user and no other users nor applications. However in the Migration-...
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Cancelled wireless Migration Assistant… best way to start over? [duplicate]

I was using the Migration Assistant utility to transfer data from my old MacBook Pro to my new Mac. I didn't anticipate issues using Wi-Fi, but the transfer of 250 GB of data using wasn't going to ...
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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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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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Time machine migration has been preparing for 14 hours, is this normal?

There's very little information on how long time machine migrations are supposed to take on Google. I have 200GB or so under my user and it has been stuck on "preparing to transfer user documents" for ...
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Firewire cable disconnected during Migration; process interrupted [duplicate]

this is my first post here but it seems like a helpful place. I got a used 2010 MacBook pro last weekend, and have had a hell of a time trying to transfer data from my older MBP via Migration ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Can't see old time machine backups

I've installed a new HDD in my iMac, so i reinstalled OS X. I used migration assistant to set back only the settings. I also wanted to set back some other folders, but since my new HDD was smaller ...
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What are my (hardware) options from migrating an account from an MBA?

I just got a shiny new rMBP 15" and want to migrate the account from an older Mac - I've been using a late 2010 MBA. The Migration Assistant estimated 50 hours over the WiFi, after an hour it got up ...
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Time Capsule doesn't show all time machine backups

My Mountain Lion iMac was affected by the Seagate disk recall. I backed up to my trusty Time Capsule (as per norm) before the disk replacement, planning to restore from said Time Capsule. However, ...
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Is a 10.8 Time Machine backup restorable under 10.7

I want to revert my system from 10.8 Mountain Lion to 10.7 Lion. Will Time Machine (or Migration assistant) gracefully restore my users and files created under 10.8?
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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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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 ...