Migration Assistant, or "Migrate by hand"?

Discussion in 'Apps' started by AES, Aug 2, 2010.

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    AES Guest

    I'm about to transfer most of my life from my trusty 2007 vintage
    MacBook, still running Tiger, to a new MacBook Pro 15" with Snow Leopard
    factory installed.

    Last time I moved between machines (OS 9 iBook to Tiger MacBook), I just
    hooked old machine up in Target Disk mode, told Migration Assistant to
    "Go!", and pretty much everything worked beautifully.

    But this time, the old machine has both a number of third-party apps and
    utilities I'd like to keep, preferably along with their settings -- like
    DragThing, XMenu, Mathematica, Eudora, a TeX installation, several Adobe
    apps, etc -- but also probably a lot of cruft that's accumulated in 3 or
    4 years of daily use.

    Question is: should I just transfer all my old files (everything in my
    User folder anyway) over from old machine to new using Migration
    Assistant, then try to clean up cruft on the new machine?

    Or, is it worth the trouble to fire up the new machine, connect old
    machine in Target Disk mode, and start either cautiously copying stuff
    over or reinstalling apps or utilities if I have original DVDs or disk
    images -- gradually rebuilding the new machine?

    Any advice on this?

    (And, is there a built-in Uninstaller in Snow Leopard? Or a recommended
    third party Uninstaller for it?)
    AES, Aug 2, 2010
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    nospam Guest

    use migration assistant. it works *very* well. just about everything is
    uninstall by dragging to trash and the few exceptions come with their
    own uninstaller, e.g., adobe creative suite. there is also very little
    need to uninstall anything since all it does is take up space if it's
    not used. there is no registry corruption or any of that nonsense.
    nospam, Aug 2, 2010
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    Tom Stiller Guest

    Migration Assistant has an option to transfer applications, as well as
    Tom Stiller, Aug 2, 2010
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    JF Mezei Guest

    Use migration assistant.

    Afterwards, on your new mac, run the Utilities/System Profiler and get
    the list of all applications. You should then be able to see which are
    "classic" applications which would no longer work on Leopard. You can
    delete those manually.

    Before you do this, remember to install Rosetta on your new Mac. It
    doesn't come pre-installed anymore. If you have any PPC apps left, you
    will need it. It is in the Leopard DVD. (Leopard = Snow Leopard for the
    purposes of this message).

    Note that migration assistant doeasn't do EVERYTHING. For instance, the
    NFS mounts are now done differently, this has to be done manually. Same
    with various "defaults write" commands you may have had to customise
    your system, enable services such as telnet etc.
    JF Mezei, Aug 2, 2010
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    AES Guest

    To uninstall what? There are 3rd party apps to remove leftovers from deleted

    A site or blog called "http://www.softwarebattle.com/" (which doesn't
    seem to be live at this point) published a "shootout" between 7 or 8
    freeware apps of this type in 2008 under the title:

    Mac OS X App Remover Shootout: 7 Uninstallers

    noting that it was doing so because Tiger did not seem to have any such
    app built-in.

    I suppose one might want to use such an uninstaller app to remove some
    unwanted app and all its leftovers, or to track down and remove just the
    leftovers if an unwanted app has already been deleted.
    AES, Aug 2, 2010
  6. When I transferred my 10.5.8 environment to factory installed 10.6, the
    first time I told Migration Assistant to import the applications off the
    10.5 disk. Almost everything came over, including stuff in /usr/local,
    all the accounts, applications (some were PPC only but they were brought
    over anyway), and miscellaneous files. I was very impressed. My web
    development environment didn't come over, but I didn't expect that so
    much (PPC-only CGI programs, PPC mysql and php). The current version of
    php 5.3 that comes with 10.6 doesn't play well with some DRUPAL modules
    but WordPress is fine. I found and applied patches for those modules
    and I'm OK now.

    I'd have lived with that environment but wanted to know everything was
    100% clean, so I used my Leopard Install document and built a Snow
    Leopard Install document, paring down stuff that didn't come over like
    most Contextual Menu Items (10.6 did away with those migrating to
    Services instead), MySQL, etc. Now I have a clean working document and
    used it to reinstall everything from scratch, checking that it works on
    10.6. I had to find substitutes for some things and upgrade others.
    Buy a big disk to use for Time Machine and use it for your migration
    prior to actually doing it. When everything is settled down, reformat
    the big disk and setup Time Machine to use it for backups.
    Michael Vilain, Aug 3, 2010
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    mitchel45 New Member

    Sep 26, 2018
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    I'm a very experienced Mac user -- and I'm stumped.

    • Just bought a new Mac Pro, running Leopard (not Snow Leopard).
    • Used Migration Assistant to copy settings from Quad G5, also running Leopard.
    • Migration failed with errors, one of which was "[PreviousUserName] could not be created." (It specified the previous user name.)
    *Apple's official document on resetting the admin password:* http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1274
    • I restarted the new machine.
    • Now _it asks for a user name and password_ -- which I never specified -- so, _I can't log in. I'm locked out of my brand new Mac._ The user name and password from the old machine do not work. I can't even log on as root!
    • So, I reinstalled Leopard from the install DVD. But after doing so...
    • I'm still asked for a user name and password. Check Webpage.
    mitchel45, Sep 26, 2018
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