Any "gotchas" with Migration Assistant?

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  1. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a

    sanPietro98

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    I'll be getting my new MBP on Monday and I want to replicate my current Mac's files/docs/apps on the new MBP. So obviously, the Migration Assistant is the tool for this. Since I've never used this tool before, are there any known issues or "gotchas" that I should be aware of?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    There can be some major permissions issues, like those described here.
     
  3. sanPietro98 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the article. But that seemed to address migration via Time Machine. Are there any known issues with the Migration Assistance Tool?

    Thanks.
     
  4. kmaute macrumors 6502

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    While I'm not an expert on the migration assistant, I have used it ~3 dozen times on both my personal as well as machines belonging to friends and family. The only issue that I have come across is with conflicting events when using both iCal and Entourage. Good luck.
     
  5. dbwie macrumors 6502

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    You may want to consider reinstalling your third party apps from their original install disks, and just move over your documents. This is especially true if you are transitioning from a PPC to an Intel Mac.
     
  6. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    It worked very well for me when I got my Mac Pro and transferred the system over from my MBP.

    Only one caveat: if you have Bootcamp and Windows on your current system, make sure you repair the Windows disk before you migrate. When I did so, my Mac Pro' trash can would not empty and had a file which could never be trashed. It was very annoying. Even a hard disk wipe could not get rid of it. Finally I re-installed XP on the MP and the problem was solved....
     
  7. sanPietro98 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the feedback. Any issues with Keychain migration?
     
  8. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Be careful if you have any 3rd party Kext's on the old system. They will get copied to the new system.

    If your going to do a clean install, your best bet is to either drag the individual applications across as well as the documents.
     

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