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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Terminal has Full Disc Access, yet I can't change ownership of files on my external backup drive with sudo

After using Migration Assistant, the home directory ownerships in Time Machine backup got reversed, so now I can't access my files but I can access the other user's files and vice versa. Not only that,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...